LAKE ST. CLAIR (WWJ) – The Environmental Protection Agency Friday awarded grants to local agencies to help clean up Lake St Clair.
The $2.2 million U.S. EPA grants will be used to eliminate the source of e.coli that impacts and causes the closure of many beaches. Weed management, reducing toxins in the water and reducing the impact of storm water on Metro Beaches are also part of the clean up initiative.
WWJ Newsradio 950′s Florence Walton reports the EPA grants are part of President Barack Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
EPA Senior Advisor on the Great Lakes Cameron Davis says the grants will help accelerate efforts to attack four critical problems in the Great Lakes.
“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a program that President Obama started to try to comprehensively attack the biggest challenges we have facing the Great Lakes, these grants will help reduce pollution that close beaches, they will help fight invasive species, they will help fight toxics,” said Davis.
“The Great Lakes health is tied into economic health as well, tourism is a big deal here in Michigan, there are a lot of jobs that rely on clean water, and a lot of property values … rely on clean water,” said Davis.
With Lake St. Clair in the background, Congressman Sander Levin said we must continue to invest in projects that help restore the Great Lakes to their pristine past, “So that all people who come on a day like this sometimes not so sunny, will be able to look out, as we are today and say ‘what a treasure’”, said Levin.
Congressman Levin worked with the EPA on the $2.2 million grant that would help eliminate weeds, e. coli and toxins from Lake St. Clair.