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EPA Announces First 2011 Great Lakes Restoration Investments with $4.5 MILLION IN OHIO (OH)

For Immediate Release No. 11-OPA066 NEARLY $30 MILLION FOR 70 GRANTS WILL GO TO PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE BASIN (Washington, D.C. ? August 8, 2011) -- The U.S

EPA Announces First 2011 Great Lakes Restoration Investments with $4.5 MILLION IN OHIO (OH)

For Immediate Release

No. 11-OPA066

NEARLY $30 MILLION FOR 70 GRANTS WILL GO TO PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE BASIN

(Washington, D.C. – August 8, 2011) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today awarded organizations, agencies and universities working in Ohio $4,508,572 in grants under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The 11 grants are the first of 70 totaling nearly $30 million that EPA is awarding under the GLRI in 2011.

“These grants are an investment in accelerating Great Lakes restoration, community by community," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, who also serves as chair of the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force of federal agencies implementing the GLRI. "This is another important step toward lasting protections for the waters that affect the health and jobs of millions of Americans."

The grants were announced by EPA Senior Advisor to the Administrator Cameron Davis and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center. EPA will announce additional investments across the Great Lakes basin in the weeks ahead.

“A healthy Lake Erie is essential to our economic future. Wetlands restoration projects in the fragile Western Basin mean better drinking water, better fishing and better recreational opportunities,” said Rep. Kaptur.

Funded projects will advance the goals and objectives of the GLRI Action Plan, which EPA Administrator Jackson released in cooperation with 15 other participating agencies and several Great Lakes governors in February 2010.

The funded projects include:

· $1,348,595, University of Toledo (Maumee River Area of Concern—Wolf Creek passive treatment wetland).

· $498,612, Wayne State University (Toledo Harbor invasive species early warning system pilot project).

· $242,837, Ohio Environmental Council (Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan public engagement).

· $331,669, The Nature Conservancy (Phragmites control on western Lake Erie shoreline).

· $151,000, Delta Institute (Cleveland and Toledo e-waste reduction).

· $425,160, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (Cuyahoga River Area of Concern debris management system).

· $369,472, Cleveland Metroparks (Invasive plant control in Cuyahoga River Basin).

· $294,693, Cleveland Metroparks (West Creek ecosystem restoration).

· $546,417, Ohio EPA (Lake Erie nutrient reduction).

· $177,688, Ohio EPA (Fish deformity analysis).

· $122,429, Ohio EPA (Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force).

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