"Congress OKs $475M for Great Lakes"

"Congress approved legislation Thursday that includes $475 million to restore the Great Lakes by combating invasive species, cleaning up highly polluted sites and expanding wetlands.

The bill also includes $131 million to finance wastewater and drinking water projects in Michigan, $11.2 million for 14 projects in the state, and $1 million for mass marking of hatchery fish in the Great Lakes.

'This legislation provides a significant boost to protect and clean up the Great Lakes, improve Michigan's parks and lands, provide communities with safe drinking water and improved wastewater infrastructure, and preserve key facets of Michigan's heritage,' said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit."

Deb Price reports for the Detroit News October 29, 2009.

Source: Detroit News, 10/30/2009