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Up to $13.9 Million Available From EPA

The U.S. EPA has issued a Request for Applications soliciting proposals for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grants to fund new projects to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Up to $13.9 million will be available during the 2015 funding cycle. Applications are due September 28, 2015. More information about the application process is on the webpages here.

Categories for this round of grant applications are:

Maumee River Watershed Nutrient Prevention Pilot Project
Invasive Species Prevention
Invasive Species Control
Urban watershed Management Implementation
Agricultural Watershed Management Implementation

The projects that are funded through the GLRI have a direct impact on local initiatives to protect drinking water. We know that excess nutrients are causing harmful algal blooms. Local governments are working on a wide range of strategies to prevent phosphorus and nitrogen from entering waterways that drain to Lake Erie. Invasive species contribute to harmful algal blooms in ways that are only partially understood. Zebra mussels filter the water which might be a good thing except clearer water allows sunlight to penetrate deeper into the water. More sunlight may be promoting algae growth.

"Projects that involve partnerships and cooperating jurisdictions are well-positioned to win GLRI grants," said Kurt Erichsen, TMACOG vice president of Environmental Planning. "In northwest Ohio jurisdictions, there is a mutual commitment to addressing drinking water quality that will make local applications stronger."

For more information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative visit www.glri.us.


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