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House backs money for research
Duluth News Tribune
07/19/03


A U.S. House bill that funds public lands and natural resources and includes $250,000 for repairs at Apostle Island National Lakeshore and $1 million for Great Lakes research advanced late Thursday.

The bill also includes$1 million more than President Bush had budgeted for research on chronic wasting disease in wild deer and elk populations. If finalized, the U.S. Geological Survey will receive $4.8 million to research the disease.

The $250,000 would go to natural resource improvements and road repairs and paving at Meyers Beach and Little Sand Bay, according to Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wis.

The $1 million will go to the Great Lakes Science Center, which is based in Michigan. The center's Ashland Field Office, however, is the home for much of the agency's work on Lake Superior. The new funding would provide $600,000 to support scientific research by the Great Lakes Science Center as well as $400,000 to operate research vessels, including the Ashland-based R/V Kiyi.

The legislation cleared the full House on Thursday night but won't be final until later in the year.

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