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$1 million OK'd for Lake Erie restoration efforts
Port Clinton News Herald

WASHINGTON D.C., -- The U.S. Senate has approved $1 million for the Great Lakes Fishery & Ecosystem Restoration program.

The funds were part of the 2004 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill which passed the Senate Wednesday night by a vote of 92 to zero.

"Improving fisheries management in our Great Lakes has been a priority for me in the Senate. In fact, I authorized this program three years ago and I'm glad that these funds will begin implementing the program," said U.S. Sen. George Voinovich. "As an avid fisherman, I'm glad to support efforts to help revitalize and sustain the Lakes ecosystems."

"As a member of both the Appropriations Committee and co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, I have continued my efforts to help restore and protect the Great Lakes," said Sen. Mike DeWine. "These funds will provide the ground work to restore the unique and fragile fisheries habitat."

The funds can be used for a number of projects aimed at helping Great Lakes fisheries, including: combating invasive species through construction of barriers like the one on the Chicago River keeping Asian carp from entering the Great lakes; removing dams to help restore fish spawning grounds; restoring fish spawning reefs; restoring coastal lands; or contaminated sediment transport and control activities.

The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed its version of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill so the legislation now goes to a conference committee to iron out differences between the versions passed by each chamber.

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