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      $1 million grant comes to aid Manistique River cleanup

      The Manistique River will be getting one million dollars for cleanup efforts, Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced on Tuesday.

      The funding is coming from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is a grant program coordinated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help restore the Great Lakes' ecosystem. The money is coming to assist in the cleanup of contaminated sediment from industrial waste in the Manistique River.

      "Michigan is home to thousands of miles of coastline and rivers that attract tourists from across the country, contributing billions to our economy," said Senator Stabenow. "This support will help clean up pollution and conserve beautiful, natural resources in the Manistique watershed for generations to come."

      The Manistique River has been listed as an Area of Concern since 1987 due to repeated contamination from PCBs, oils and combined sewer overflows. In addition, more than a century of logging and milling has left sawdust and debris in the watershed.

      "Nestled along the northern shore of Lake Michigan where the lake meets the Manistique River, this region offers residents and tourists considerable natural beauty and countless opportunities to experience the outdoors," said Senator Levin. "This grant will help restore the Manistique River to its natural state and benefit Michiganians in all walks of life."

      The project is expected to reduce PCB levels in the Manistique River channel and harbor, and help return fish PCB concentrations to safe levels.