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EPA funding impacting Twin Ports research projects

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SUPERIOR, WI-- Continuing to restore the Great Lakes was the topic of conversation Tuesday morning with leaders from the Environmental Protection Agency and local legislators.

"Today we're announcing nearly $14 million in funding that will go to further benefit not only the St. Louis River AOC but the entire Great Lakes Ecosystem," said Doug Benevento, EPA Deputy Administrator

Funding comes after legislators created the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative five-year plan.

The projects and research within the initiative are all meant to help clean and restore the Lakes.

About $5 million of that funding will go to the Lake Superior Research Institution at UW-Superior.

Undergraduate students and researchers will mainly focus on ballast water for their projects.

Benevento said, "So that we can try to eliminate the introduction and movement of invasive species throughout the Great Lakes which are having a deleterious effect."

EPA and UW-Superior officials say they hope to give undergrad students these hands-on opportunities as the projects and research continue.

Renee Wachter, the universities Chancellor said, "It's work like this that makes our campus and this region truly superior."

Benevento added, "What you're doing is training the next generation of talent that can come in and do these environmental protection projects having had real hands-on experience."

Members of congress add these research projects will help legislators make more informed decisions in Washington D.C.

Rep. Pete Stauber said, "We as legislators want to take that information that the scientists give us so we can put forth good legislation, that is meaningful, impactful, and measurable."

For more information on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative click here.

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Emma Quinn

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