Weather Forecast

U.S. Senate approves $400 million to clean up and restore Great Lakes
Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
government New Richmond, 54017
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

The U.S. Senate has approved $400 million to clean up and restore the Great Lakes.

The money is included in a $32 billion budget for the Interior Department in the fiscal year that starts next week.


The Senate OK'd the package last night on a 77-21 vote.

Wisconsin Democrats Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold both voted yes.

In June, the House voted to spend $475 million as the first payment toward the $20 billion Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

It includes a host of water, sewage, and shoreline clean-ups.

Andy Buchsbaum of the National Wildlife Federation says it's "absolutely critical to bringing the Great Lakes back to health."

The House approved $75 million more than the Senate.

Buchsbaum says environmentalists will now work with House and Senate conferees to get the higher amount budgeted.