The Associated Press
Federal officials will divide about $161 million among 270 projects designed to improve the Great Lakes environment.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it picked the winners from about 1,000 applicants.
Projects include restoring wetlands and other wildlife habitat, cleaning toxic contamination and fighting invasive species such as Asian carp.
Recipients include state and local agencies, universities, and activist groups, including The Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited.
The money is from $475 million Congress appropriated last year to start the Obama administration’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
According to the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, the grants are a good start but much more is needed.