Money to restore Great Lakes still flowing

President Barack Obama has requested $350 million more for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative next year. More than 650 grants have been awarded for projects to clean polluted sites, restore wildlife habitat and fight invasive species.
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President Barack Obama has requested $350 million more for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative next year. More than 650 grants have been awarded for projects to clean polluted sites, restore wildlife habitat and fight invasive species.

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