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Canada Allocates $45M for Great Lakes


The Canadian government has announced that it will allocate $44.84 million for the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, which is part of the $70.5 million of new funding allocated for freshwater protection in its 2017 budget. The move was announced by Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna.

"Canada believes that sustained action on Great Lakes restoration is key to the health and economic prosperity of citizens in this important region,” McKenna says in a statement. “Working alongside American and Canadian partners, the Government of Canada will continue to promote strong action on both sides of the border — to tackle climate change and protect the shared waters of our Great Lakes."

In particular, programs under the initiative will work to reduce toxic algae, strengthen the resilience of coastal wetlands, reduce the release of harmful chemicals, and strengthen engagement with Indigenous peoples in addressing issues related to the Great Lakes.

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