Coalition Awards Grants For Great Lakes Cleanup

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An environmental coalition has awarded $115,000 in grants to nine groups for Great Lakes restoration projects.

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition grants announced this week will help organizations participate in a federal program designed to improve the region’s environment by cleaning up toxic pollution, preventing species invasions and rebuilding habitat and wetlands.

Among the winning projects are efforts to reduce phosphorus levels and invasive reeds in western Lake Erie, remove noxious algae in Lake Ontario’s Sodus Bay, restore the lower Salmon Creek watershed in New York and clean up streams in Lake Superior’s Duluth Harbor.

In Michigan, grants will help restore the Rifle River, remove a dam on the Shiawassee River that limits fish passage, and replace invasive plants in Saginaw Bay with native wild rice.

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