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Federal agencies ask for public comments on next Great Lakes restoration plan

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Federal agencies are asking for the public’s input on a new action plan for the Great Lakes.

The third phase of the Great Lakes Restoration InitiativeAction Plan sets new five year priorities and goals starting in 2020.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and other federal partners are asking for the public’s input before a May 24th.

The plan’s goals include fish that are safe to eat, water that's safe for recreation, and controlling existing invasive species, among other things. Over the past decade, the initiative has funded more than four thousand restoration projects.

The Trump administration has threatened to dramatically slash the program’s funding, though that attempt faced bipartisan opposition from members of Congress from Great Lakes states.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.