by Laura Johnston, Cleveland.com

By NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (3200) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The U.S. EPA on Tuesday announced $3.6 million in grants to clean and protect Lake Erie.

The five grants will remove the Brecksville dam on the Cuyahoga River, improve wetlands on Sandusky Bay, stabilize the banks of Euclid Creek, reduce phosphorus runoff, control invasive species and address areas of concern across the lake.

“Through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and our partners in the state of Ohio are working collaboratively to solve the complex environmental challenges facing the Great Lakes,” EPA Great Lakes National Program Manager and Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp said in a news release.

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