Saturday, February 4th, 2023
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House approves fish and wildlife bill for Great Lakes

By Ken Thomas Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) – The U.S. House has approved a measure to
support fish and wildlife habitats in the Great Lakes region, a
boost to supporters of a long-range plan to restore the lakes.

The measure, passed on a voice vote, needs final approval by the
Senate. Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, who sponsored the measure, said
he has negotiated an agreement to pass the bill.

It includes language authorizing up to $16 million for grant
programs to restore fish and wildlife habitats, money for fish and
wildlife projects, and updated ecosystem reports.

Senate and House appropriators will consider funding levels for
the programs later this year. The bill doubles the potential
funding of the program from $8 million a year.

The bill aims to guard thousands of different species of fish
and wildlife and 130 endangered or rare plants and animal species
that have been identified within the region’s ecosystem.

DeWine noted the threats of pollution, habitat loss, and
invasive species, saying the bill would help ‘preserve and protect
this unique natural resource for future generations.’

Lawmakers representing Great Lakes states have backed a
comprehensive plan to restore the lakes, targeting pollution,
sewage overflow, invasive species, and rebuilding wetlands in the

The $23.54 billion measure was generated from a report issued
last year that included work from a variety of lawmakers,
environmental groups, and scientists.

Supporters of the bill have said they hope to secure long-term
funding for the proposal before the end of the Bush

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