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Coalition helps groups seek Great Lakes funding

MADISON (WKOW) -- With $475 million up for grabs in Great Lakes cleanup funding, an environmental coalition will help local conservation groups get a piece of the pie.

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition said Tuesday it will provide grants totaling $200,000 to assist local organizations take part in the Obama administration's Great Lakes restoration initiative.

Congress appropriated the funding last year to kick off a multi-year effort to clean up toxic pollution, stop invasive species and prevent the loss of wildlife habitat.

Campaign director Jeff Skelding says the coalition will focus its attention on five priority areas. Those include St. Louis Bay and the St. Louis River near Lake Superior; the Chicago area of Lake Michigan; Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay; western Lake Erie; and eastern Lake Ontario.

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