DETROIT (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson says the Obama administration will target nine polluted harbors for accelerated cleanups under a program to heal the ailing Great Lakes.

Jackson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will focus on three major problem areas in the next couple of years. They include contaminated river mouths, invasive species and watersheds choked with phosphorus that causes massive algae blooms.

In an interview during a Great Lakes conference in Detroit, Jackson said in the 2012 fiscal year EPA will fast-track work on so-called “areas of concern” on the Sheboygan River in Wisconsin, White Lake and River Raisin in Michigan and the Ashtabula River in Ohio.

Four other areas in Michigan and one in Illinois will be targeted in 2013.

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