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EPA announces another $5 million grant to fight invasive species in Great Lakes

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The federal EPA is giving another $5 million to projects that control invasive species in the Great Lakes region.

Officials announced 11 grants Tuesday as part of the ongoing Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Wisconsin agencies did not directly receive any of the latest grants. But the state could indirectly benefit by a half-million dollar grant to Michigan Tech University to prevent the spread of Eurasian water-milfoil in Lakes Superior and Huron.

The plant has been known to create thick canopies, cause snags to boat motors, and potentially cause problems for fish.

The Restoration Initiative has spent over $220 million over the past five years to fight invasive species. Almost $100 million of that was spent on ways to prevent the bloated Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes from the carp-infested Mississippi River.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)