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Feb 21, 2010 10:03 AM by Associated Press

Feds outline plan to nurse Great Lakes to health

The Obama administration has developed a five-year blueprint for rescuing the Great Lakes after more than a century of environmental damage.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the document, which Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will release at a news conference Sunday in Washington.

It pledges a "zero tolerance policy" toward future invasions by foreign species such as the Asian carp, a huge fish threatening to enter Lake Michigan.

Other goals include cleanup of heavily polluted sites and restoring wetlands and other wildlife habitat, and improving water quality in shallow waters where runoff pollution has led to beach
closings.

The $2.2 billion plan also promises to measure progress toward restoring the lakes and hold the government accountable for getting results.

 

 

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