EPA gives Wisconsin $1.5M for Great Lakes projects

CREATED Sep 11, 2013

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will receive $1.5 million from the federal government for several Great Lakes environmental projects.
Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the grant Wednesday in Milwaukee.
The money will be used to inventory fish and wildlife populations in the Milwaukee area, locate uncontrolled sewage sources, restore grassland habitat and study the health of tiny aquatic communities in polluted areas.
The projects are intended to help clean up the Milwaukee Estuary so it can be removed from a list of highly polluted hot spots.
The funding is part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which targets the region's most severe environmental problems. Among them are invasive species, habitat loss, lingering toxic pollution and nearshore erosion that causes algae blooms.