DETROIT — Michigan's U.S.
senators are seeking more federal funding to continue a
wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program.
Democrats Debbie Stabenow
and Gary Peters announced bipartisan legislation to renew
and expand the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at a
series of news conferences Thursday and Friday.
The bill would continue the
program through 2026 and gradually increase its annual
appropriation from the current $300 million to $475
The program focuses on some
of the Great Lakes' most longstanding environmental
problems, including industrial toxic pollution, invasive
species, runoff that causes algae blooms and wildlife
In Michigan, it has
provided a combined $762 million for 880 projects,
including restoring native fish populations in the Detroit
River and removing 200 tons (181 metric tons) of marine
debris from Belle Isle in Detroit.