TOLEDO, OH – The National Ocean Council has appointed Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada to fill one of three vacant seats on its Governance Coordinating Committee. Commissioner Contrada was nominated for this position by the National Association of Counties.
The National Ocean Council (NOC) is responsible for overseeing the implementation of national policy governing stewardship of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. The Governance Coordinating Committee (GCC), an advisory group consisting of 18 officials from state, tribal, and local governments serving two-year terms, assists the NOC direct ocean policy to best reflect the varied needs of jurisdictions and stakeholders at the local level.
The GCC reports to the NOC Deputies Committee and submits ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues for potential discussion by the NOC; it also provides input on issues at the request of the Steering Committee. The GCC will have regular and continued communication with the NOC Steering Committee throughout the development of the strategic action plans and implementation of the National Ocean Policy.
“This is an outstanding opportunity to ensure that the priorities of the Great Lakes system are at the forefront of policy decisions at the federal level,” said Commissioner Carol Contrada. “We in Lucas County work diligently to address the critical water quality issues that our citizens face every day,” continued Commissioner Contrada. “It is noteworthy that federal officials see our community as integral to the future of safe and reliable drinking water systems,” added Commissioner Contrada. “I look forward to taking our unique perspective on these important water issues to a national forum,” concluded Commissioner Contrada.
“Given her legal, professional and Great Lakes policy background, Commissioner Contrada will make substantial contributions to the committee and our nation’s responsible stewardship of oceans, lakes and coasts,” said National Association of Counties Executive Director Matthew Chase. “We’re grateful that Commissioner Contrada will share her experience to advance this important work.”
Commissioner Contrada and the Board of Lucas County Commissioners are leading the fight to clean Lake Erie and to make sure that it remains a priority among state and federal leaders. Commissioner Contrada spearheaded the work to commission the Moving Forward: Legal Solutions to Lake Erie’s Harmful Algal Blooms report, and has successfully championed adoption of its recommendations. Commissioner Contrada also serves as Chairman of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) Water Quality Council (WQC), consisting of regional policy-makers addressing wastewater, storm sewer, regional water planning policy, and watershed issues.