In Visit to Lorain, President Biden Unveils $1B Plan to Clean Up Polluted Great Lakes Waterways

Biden visited Lorain and Cleveland today - Gage Skidmore/FlickrCC
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Biden visited Lorain and Cleveland today


President Joe Biden rolled out a $1 billion plan Thursday to clean up polluted waterways around the Great Lakes region.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is part of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that Biden signed into law last year, will help clean up 25 polluted waterways and other “areas of concern” listed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

“We’re investing like never, ever in history,” Biden said in a speech in Lorain, Ohio. “For decades, there was a lot of talk, a lot of plans, but very little progress. It was slow. That changes today.”

Local areas that will be targeted include the Black and Cuyahoga Rivers.

“Cleaning up areas of concern in our Great Lakes region has been a long time coming — especially the Detroit River and Rouge River in my district,” U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, said in a statement. “This strong investment will speed up the much-needed cleanup process to protect against invasive species like sea lampreys and address harmful algae blooms and other contaminants in rivers across the Great Lakes region. Our Great Lakes are a way of life — they support the economy, stand-up, good-paying jobs, and allow communities access to outdoor recreation. I’m proud to have secured important infrastructure investments like this and look forward to working with the EPA to conserve fish and wildlife, combat the threat of invasive species, and protect the Great Lakes for generations to come.”

Biden said some of the waterways are “dangerously polluted.”

“The Midwest built America. And we’re building it again,” Biden said.
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