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MEDIA ADVISORY: great lakes restoration initiative grants For Northeastern Minnesota announced in Duluth, Minn. (MN)

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WHO:

  • Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator (Great Lakes).
  • U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar.
  • Suzanne Hanson, Regional Manager, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
  • Lucinda Johnson, Director, Center for Water and the Environment, University of Minnesota.
  • Angie Miller, Executive Director, Community Action Duluth.

WHAT: Announcement of three federal grants, totaling about $1.2 million, awarded in northeastern Minnesota under President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Duluth Office (outdoors pending weather), 525 Lake Ave. S., Suite 400, Duluth, MN 55802.

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.

Three grants will be announced at Tuesday’s event:

  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, $411,680, for cleanup and restoration of the St. Louis River Area of Concern.
  • University of Minnesota, $193,432, for restoring 200 acres of moose foraging habitat near wetlands in the Lake Superior Uplands.
  • Community Action Duluth, $636,365, for restoring urban riparian zones and implementing critical habitat restoration projects in the St. Louis River Area of Concern.

For more on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, please visit http://www.greatlakesrestoration.us.

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