A Great Lakes restoration initiative has received a grant of
$315,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA)
National Sea Grant College Program. NOAA is an agency of the U.S.
Department of Commerce.
Awarded to the Great Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest
Institute and administered by Michigan Sea Grant, the grant will be used to
develop science-based restoration priorities and understand successful
strategies used by other regions. With matching support from the
Commission and the Institute, the total funding for the initiative will be
"Through our grants program, NOAA is able to actively support and
help create initiatives such as this that reinforce our commitment to the
environment," said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D.,
under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA
administrator. "NOAA is proud to provide funding to this restoration effort."
The Great Lakes congressional delegation asked the area's
governors to develop a long-range restoration program for the five Great
"As a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, I have
supported the development of Great Lakes restoration priorities and the
need for additional funding. I applaud NOAA's efforts to provide this
grant that will take us a step closer
to our vision of a restored and
revitalized Great Lakes ecosystem," said Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH)
"As the GAO reported recently, there needs to be better
coordination on Great Lakes restoration priorities, and I am pleased that
NOAA is providing resources that will help the region advance restoration,"
said Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)
Containing 20 percent of the earth's fresh surface water, the
Great Lakes also are the centerpiece of the region's natural resources that
drive the economies of two nations, eight states, and two provinces that
share jurisdiction. The grant will support two key pieces of the Council
of Great Lakes Governors' restoration initiative.