The federal effort to clean up and protect the Great Lakes got a big boost Tuesday when the House unanimously passed legislation that extends the program for another five years. The measure now moves to the Senate, where passage is expected, given the widespread bipartisan support for the measure in the House.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative authorizes $300 million in funding for each of the next five years for a cleanup effort pushed into law by the Obama administration in 2010. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative helps states and local communities clean up toxic hotspots, restore habitats for wildlife, fight invasive species and cut back on toxic runoff into the lakes.

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