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Media advisory: Great Lakes restoration initiative grants for Michigan (MI)



  • Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator.
  • U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
  • Donna Stine, Michigan Governor’s Office.
  • Jacqueline Pilette, Wetland Specialist/GLRI Project Coordinator, Little Traverse Bands of Odawa.
  • Lou Anna Simon, President, Michigan State University.
  • Dr. Ian Gray, Vice President of Research, Michigan State University.
  • Tom Hickner, County Executive, Bay County.

WHAT: Announcement of five federal grants, totaling about $1.8 million, awarded in Michigan under President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Outside the John A. Hannah Administration Building, Michigan State University, in front of the Red Cedar River (please look for the tent).
(IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER: MSU Board Room, Administration Building, 4th Floor.)

BACKGROUND: President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. The initiative calls for aggressive efforts to address five priorities:

  • Cleaning up toxics and toxic hot spots around the Great Lakes.
  • Combating invasive species.
  • Promoting nearshore health by protecting watersheds from polluted runoff.
  • Restoring wetlands and other habitats.
  • Accountability and working with strategic partners on outreach.

Five grants will be announced at Friday’s event:

  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, $856,046.
  • Saginaw Bay/Lake Huron Land Policy Project, Michigan State University, $399,287.
  • Michigan State University, $65,001.
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, $295,000.
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa, $196,148.

For more on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, please visit

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