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President Obama's budget would spend additional funds to clean up Great Lakes


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - President Obama’s federal budget package would spend another $300 million to clean up the Great Lakes.

The Restoration Initiative was a product of the second Bush presidency – but nothing was budgeted until Barack Obama took over, and allocated almost $1.5 billion over the last four years.

Since then, the project has given over 1,500 grants to state and local governments, scientists, and non-profit groups to clean up Great Lakes shorelines in Wisconsin and seven other states. The clean-ups have improved sewage emissions, battled invasive species, reduced algae, restored wildlife habitat, and more.

Chad Lord of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition says the new budget proposal keeps the restoration on track.

This year’s budget called for $300 million in clean-ups – but the total might drop under the automatic federal spending cuts which took effect March 1st. The EPA has not said how much funding might be cut.