TRAVERSE CITY (AP) – President Barack Obama is requesting $300 million to continue funding a wide-ranging Great Lakes environmental cleanup program in the 2013 fiscal year.
Congress has appropriated more than $1 billion for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative during the first three years of Obama’s presidency. His budget plan released Monday seeks $300 million more.READ MORE: State Fears Confusion After Michigan Restaurant Wins In Dining Ban Case
The program is based on a wish list developed by environmental groups, scientists, state officials and others in the region. It seeks to make progress on some of the Great Lakes’ most pressing problems, including invasive species, toxic pollution, farm and urban runoff and loss of wildlife habitat.READ MORE: MSU Police Find Body That Is Believed To Be Brendan Santo In Red Cedar River
The program also has helped pay for the fight to prevent Asian carp from slipping into the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could out-compete native fish for food.MORE NEWS: Michigan Prisons Follows CDC, Allows COVID-Positive Staff To Work After 5 Days With Mild Symptoms
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