TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. ó The Obama administration says a billion-dollar campaign to improve the Great Lakes environment is paying off.
U.S. federal agencies taking part in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative released a report card Wednesday with results from the 2011 fiscal year. The programís designed to make progress on some of the regionís most pressing environmental problems.
The report says agencies cleaned up 1 million cubic yards of contaminated sediments and continued work on toxic waste hot spots. It says the initiativeís grants helped protect or restore 20,000 acres of wetlands and develop technologies to fight sea lampreys and other invasive species.
It says the program also played a key role in keeping Asian carp from the lakes and removing river dams that were impeding fish passageways.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.