- 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.