WASHINGTON — EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will supply around $12 million in funds to federal and state agencies to target harmful algal blooms (HABs) in western Lake Erie and protect public health, according to a press release.

As part of GLRI’s continual efforts in reducing algal blooms, the funds will be available to state agencies in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana as well as to the U.S. Geological Survey, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, stated the release.

 “The importance of clean water cannot be overstated, which is why the [GLRI] is taking further action to target harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie,” said McCarthy. “This important funding will address the immediate need for state and federal agencies to protect public health and build upon on-going efforts to reduce harmful algal blooms.”

The GLRI was launched in 2010 to advance efforts in protecting and restoring the largest system of fresh surface water in the world and resources are utilized to target major threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem, noted the release.

You can find the release here.