The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is offering up $9.5 million for projects on the Great Lakes.
States, universities, non-profits and other groups are eligible to apply for grants from the EPA, as part of their Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
In February 2009, President Barack Obama proposed $475 million in funding for the GLRI. Since its implementation in 2010, the GLRI has worked to improve the condition of the five Great Lakes through:
Cleaning up toxics and areas of concern;
Combating invasive species;
Promoting nearshore health by protecting watersheds from polluted run-off;
Restoring wetlands and other habitats; and
Working with partners on outreach.
The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition released an interactive map in June highlighting some of the successes of the GLRI projects, including the Humbug Marsh preservation project, which saved the last mile of natural shoreline on the U.S. side of the Detroit River. Check it out here.
- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom