LPI Receives Funding for EPA Program to Reduce Water Pollutants in Saginaw Bay/Lake Huron
From better beach testing to controlling harmful algal blooms, a group of MSU researchers has been awarded more than $3 million in federal grants focusing on restoring Great Lakes waterways.
EPA Grants Focus on Restoring Great Lakes Waterways: LPI Receives Funding for Program to Reduce Water Pollutants in Saginaw Bay/Lake Huron
From better beach testing to controlling harmful algal blooms, a group of MSU researchers has been awarded more than $3 million in federal grants focusing on restoring Great Lakes waterways. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow joined MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and Cameron Davis, a Senior Adviser with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on Friday, September 24, 2010, on MSU's campus to talk about the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
The $475 million plan is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades, Stabenow said. It calls for aggressive efforts to address the cleanup of toxins, combat invasive species, such as Asian carp, promote near shore health and restore wetlands and other habitats.
"The Great Lakes are vital to our economy and our way of life," Stabenow said. "These dollars will be used to protect, clean up, and restore our Great Lakes and watersheds including the Saginaw, Keweenaw, and Little Traverse Bays. This funding will also be used to monitor the health of our beautiful beaches so Michigan families and tourists can enjoy them for years to come."
Water security is an increasingly urgent global issue and a core competency of MSU's research portfolio, Simon said.
"These seven grants illustrate the depth and breadth of MSU's expertise," she said. "From the science of understanding contamination in our lakes, streams, fish and groundwater to the plans and policies that can protect them and the outreach and education necessary to support those policies, MSU faculty are deeply engaged across the board. We are very pleased to work with the EPA on this new set of projects."
MSU will be working on the following projects:
- Saginaw Bay/Lake Huron Land Policy Program ($399,287): To help implement the Lake Huron Lakewide Management Plan, the MSU Land Policy Institute will engage local officials and landowners in reducing pollutants that enter Lake Huron, Saginaw Bay and associated tributaries. The project will conduct planning and zoning audits, legal analyses, conferences, and workshops and build local capacity. Led by LPI Senior Associate Director Mark Wyckoff and LPI Director Dr. Soji Adelaja.
- Improving water quality in Coon Creek ($202,628) . . .
- Educating health care providers about Great Lakes fish ($1.5 million) . . .
- Virus quantification and identifying pollution sources ($217,553) . . .
- Contaminants' effects on Great Lakes perch ($498,434) . . .
- Managing and controlling harmful algal blooms ($499,954) . . .
- Forecasting beach and near-shore health effects ($65,000) . . .
Read the complete release at MSU Receives EPA Grants.