By JOHN FLESHER
AP Environmental Writer
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for millions of dollars in new spending to protect and restore Michigan’s waters, from beach monitoring to upgrading sewage infrastructure.
Officials outlined the plan Friday. It includes $17 million for water quality programs including wetlands protection, battling invasive species and carrying out a water strategy that’s being developed for release in spring.
Additionally, Snyder’s fiscal 2015 budget includes $97 million for the second consecutive year for grants and loans to local governments for repairing wastewater treatment systems. The Department of Environmental Quality soon will announce which communities will receive money for this year.
Director Dan Wyant says the DEQ also is working with groups to improve a system that evaluates large-scale groundwater withdrawals.
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