In Michigan
6:32 am
Fri September 25, 2009

Senate's OK of $400M Great Lakes bill draws praise

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - A leading environmental group is praising the U.S. Senate's approval of $400 million for cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes.

The Senate passed the measure Thursday night as part of a $32 billion spending measure for the Interior Department for the budget year that starts next week.

It passed on a 77-21 vote, with Michigan Democrats Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow voting yes.

In June, the House approved $475 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Andy Buchsbaum of the National Wildlife Federation says environmentalists will work with House-Senate conferees to seek to have the $475 million approved.

Buchsbaum tells The Detroit News the measure is "absolutely critical to bringing the lakes back to health."