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$16M pledged to fight Great Lakes pollution
U.S. group pledges $16 million in grants
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -A U.S. philanthropic organization has pledged $16 million to help fight pollution and protect the waters of the Great Lakes. And Tuesday's commitment could not have come at a better time for a group of water-quality researchers.

Guy Meadows, a University of Michigan professor, is a member of a four-university consortium that applied for a separate $3 million grant to develop an environmental and pollution forecasting system for Lake St. Clair.

Meadows learned Monday that the grant was denied. But his mood brightened Tuesday when he learned about the $16 million in grant money from the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation, the Detroit News reported Wednesday.

The foundation, with $750 million in assets, supports efforts to strengthen public polices that will protect the Great Lakes.

"It looks promising," Meadows said after reviewing guidelines for receiving grant money. "It's very worthwhile to check into. The approach I'm thinking about is to develop this technique for Lake St. Clair and then apply it to the entire Great Lakes."

Meadows and the consortium have been working on a radar system that would track currents at 1,000 points in Lake St. Clair and would be used to trace pollution sources.

Announcement of the grants, which will be doled out over a three-year period, came in conjunction with the release of a survey of 1,539 residents during July in the eight Great Lakes states, including Michigan.

The survey showed residents have great affection for the lakes and a strong desire to protect the natural resource, said Ellen Alberding, president of the Joyce Foundation, which conducted the survey along with Biodiversity Project, based in Madison, Wis.

An overwhelming 94 per cent of those surveyed felt residents have a personal responsibility to protect the Great Lakes. Nearly 96 per cent said that more needed to be done to protect habitat in the Great Lakes from pollution and another 87 per cent concluded that more had to be done to protect habitat from development.
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