- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The Great Lakes Commission has awarded grants totaling nearly $400,000 for projects intended to reduce phosphorus and sediment pollution in two southern Michigan rivers.

The Hillsdale Conservation District will receive $199,998 for efforts focusing on the Tiffin River and the Western Lake Erie basin, while the Lenawee Conservation District gets $200,000 for work in the River Raisin watershed.

The commission’s Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program supports agencies outside the federal government and nonprofit organizations in the region’s high-priority watersheds.

Some funding for the program comes from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a federal program targeting the lakes’ biggest environmental threats. Also contributing is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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