Great Lakes Restoration Initiative giving over $5 million in grants

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative giving over $5 million in grants

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 8:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is giving eleven grants, totaling more than five million dollars, to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes.

The money was granted to eleven organizations surrounding the Great Lakes to target aquatic and terrestrial invasive species.

The Great Lakes National Program manager says getting rid of invasive species is a difficult job once they've entered an eco–system, so these grants will provide new research and strategies.

The money will be used to fight current invasives plus work on strategies for preventing more species from infiltrating the Great Lakes.

"They'll also help to prevent new invaders. We've not yet a new invader for some time,” Great Lakes National Program Manager, Susan Hedman, said.

Since the Great Lakes Restorative Initiative launched in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency has funded more than 70 projects totaling more than forty million dollars to combat invasive species.

Ramona Marozas

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