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Coalition Offers Money to Jump-Start Lake Ontario Restoration

April 9, 2010

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A new program will help fund a "facelift" for part of Lake Ontario. The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is providing $200,000 in grants to local conservation groups to jump-start restoration projects in the Great Lakes. The grant means about $40,000 for on-the-ground restoration efforts for eastern Lake Ontario, according to Sean Mahar, director of government relations for Audubon New York.

"This will include projects to restore native habitat, freshwater wetlands and forest habitat throughout that area; to provide places for bird species and other native wildlife species to live and thrive."

Maher expects grants will also go to community groups for the purpose of cleaning up industrial waste.

"We're trying to target funding for clean-up of toxic hot spots, and remediate places where toxic sediment has polluted those areas for many years, now. We're just trying to make sure we're working the best we can in this one focused area to put people to work restoring the Great Lakes Basin in New York State."

Jeff Skelding, the Coalition's campaign director, says this isn't just about keeping the waters of the Great Lakes healthy, but it's about delivering benefits to the economy as well.

"We partnered with the Brookings Institution a few years ago and the general findings of that report were, if we invest significant dollars into cleaning up the Great Lakes, we could see a two-to-one return on that investment in terms of economic benefits."

The grants will help groups apply for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds. The $475-million federal initiative is designed to fund projects to clean up toxic pollution, prevent and control invasive species and restore wetlands in the lakes.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY