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Michigan U.S. Sen. Levin wants more money to clean up Great Lakes

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to authorize more money to clean up the Great Lakes.

The co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force – Mark Kirk of Illinois and Carl Levin of Michigan – introduced the measure.

It would continue the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a long-range effort that includes thousands of projects aimed at curbing toxic and run-off pollution, and invasive species.

In April, President Obama included another $300-million toward the initiative.

In the last four years, about $1.5 billion has been spent on 1,500 projects designed to improve sewage emissions, reduce algae, restore wildlife habitat, battle foreign species, and more.

The new Senate bill would also re-authorize the Great Lakes Legacy Act.

It helps remove contaminated sediments are more than 30 locations.

The measure would create an inter-agency task force to make the Legacy spending more efficient. It would also create closer ties among federal, state, and local governments.