Congress Approves $300 Million to Clean up the Great Lakes

Local conservation groups are applauding Congress for allocating $300 million dollars to clean up the Great Lakes.

The Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay says funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will have a major impact. Money already allocated for the program will go toward the removal of the Brown Bridge River Dam that will reconnect 160 miles of natural fish habitat. The executive director says the funding couldn't come at a more crucial time as invasive species and dangerous water runoff continue to threaten the Great Lakes Basin. The money will also help revitalize wildlife habitats and remove toxic sediments.

The funding is part of a larger spending bill and now goes to President Obama for final approval.

9 and 10's Kyle Mitchell and Photojournalist Joel Deaner have more on cleaning up the Great Lakes.