The EPA on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, began passing out its
competitive grants under President Obama's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
The initiative is meant to target the most significant environmental problems
in the region. The initiative action plan, which covers FY 2010 through 2014,
was developed by a task force of 16 federal departments and agencies. It
addresses five key goals:
- Cleaning up toxics and toxic hot spot areas of
- Combating invasive species;
- Promoting nearshore health by protecting
watersheds from polluted run-off;
- Restoring wetlands and other habitats;
- Working with strategic partners on outreach.
A full list of the awards will be published on the
multi-agency website at http://greatlakesrestoration.us
Those already announced at politicized announcements in Toledo, Ohio, and Green
Bay, Wis., include surface water in Cleveland, sediment problems in Toledo,
restoring the Cat Island chain in Wisconsin and a soil capping project on
Renard Island. More are expected with subsequent announcements (notably: in
Michigan, Indiana and Illinois).
SOURCE: EPA press release