DETROIT (AP) — Michigan U.S. senators are seeking more federal money to continue a wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup plan.
The Democrats Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced, at a series of news conferences on Thursday and Friday, the introduction of bipartisan legislation to renew and expand the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
The bill would continue the plan through 2026 and gradually increase its annual appropriation from the current $300 million to $475 million.
The plan sets a priority on cleaning up some of the Great Lakes’ most longstanding environmental troubles, including industrial toxic pollution, invasive species, runoff that causes algae blooms and the loss of wildlife habitat.
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 of marine debris from Belle Isle in Detroit.