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Huizenga supports new GLRI program to clean up Great Lakes
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $2 million grant program to clean up the shorelines and waters of the Great Lakes.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler during an appearance Friday in Cleveland said the grants will be available to state and local governments, nonprofit groups, and universities for cleanup programs. He said removing trash from U.S. waterways is an EPA priority.
The program is part of the EPA's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. It will fund up to a dozen projects, with the largest amount set at $500,000.
“This announcement by the EPA demonstrates how the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative can play an even greater role in protecting and preserving the Great Lakes,” U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, said Friday. “This program will help get plastic and other garbage out of the Great Lakes by cleaning up harbors, rivers and beaches. A healthy Great Lakes improves recreation opportunities and strengthens Michigan’s economy.”
The EPA is seeking projects that will address trash on beaches, shorelines, harbors and rivers. It will also fund litter prevention and education programs.
Grant applications will be accepted starting in October, with awards announced in February.
This article appeared in the Grand Haven Tribune on June 20th, 2019.