Among the goals officials hope to achieve by 2014:
- cleanup work at five toxic hot spots that have languished on lists for two decades;
- a 40 percent reduction in the rate at which invasive species are discovered in the lakes;
- measurable decreases in phosphorus runoff; and
- protection of nearly 100,000 wetland acres.
Obama Administration Drops A Couple Of Billion On The Great Lakes
Federal Officials Unveil Blueprint for Great Lakes
New York Times
(...) The plan envisions spending more than $2.2 billion for long-awaited repairs after a century of damage to the lakes, which hold 20 percent of the world's freshwater.
Lisa Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, released the blueprint at a news conference on Sunday in Washington.
Among the goals is taking a "zero-tolerance policy" toward future invasions by foreign species, including the Asian carp, a ravenous fish that has overrun parts of the Mississippi River system and is threatening to enter Lake Michigan.
Others include cleaning up the region's most heavily polluted sites, restoring wetlands and other crucial habitat, and improving water quality in shallow areas, where runoff from cities and farms has led to unsightly algae blooms and beach closings. MORE >>>
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