This week U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the University of Toledo will receive $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to help protect Lake Erie from the threat of invasive species like Asian carp. Specifically, the grant will be used towards developing “next-generation e-DNA sequencing” technology to better help identify the presence of invasive species in the Great Lakes region.
“This is excellent news for the Great Lakes region and the wellbeing of Ohio’s economy,” Brown said. “We rely on the Great Lakes to create jobs and help raise revenue for our local economies. With Asian carp a serious threat to the health of Lake Erie and its tributaries, this grant is a much needed step towards stopping the spread of invasive species.”
The EPA awarded the grant as a part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), an inter-agency 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. 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.
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