U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced $12 million in new federal funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) today to combat algal blooms and improve water quality. The funds will help expand monitoring and forecasting of Lake Erie, while increasing incentives for farmers in the watershed to implement conservation practices that reduce runoff.

"This new funding is one more tool to combat the threat posed to Lake Erie," Brown said. "The Federal government--specifically the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative--is committed to tackling this problem."

Brown is the cosponsor of the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act (GLEEPA), which would protect the Great Lakes--and the millions of jobs they support--from a variety of ecological threats and invasive species like harmful algal blooms by fully funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). According to the State of Ohio, more than $10 billion of the state's nearly $40 billion tourism industry is derived from counties along the Lake Erie shoreline. The GLRI is an interagency effort to target the most significant problems in the region and jumpstart restoration efforts to protect, maintain, and restore the chemical, biological, and physical integrity of the Great Lakes.

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