- 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 http://www.greatlakesrestoration.us.