The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of 15 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling more than $8 million for projects to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.

“These Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants will be used to target aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in the Great Lakes basin,” said Region 5 Administrator/ Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. “The projects will also help to prevent the introduction of new invasive species that pose significant risks to the Great Lakes ecosystem.”

Since 2010, EPA has funded more than 80 GLRI projects totaling over $50 million to combat invasive species.

The latest EPA invasive species grant recipients are:

• Illinois Department of Natural Resources ($999,725)
• Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission ($999,648)
• Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council ($964,922)
• Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture ($635,000)
• Lorain County, Ohio, ($634,889)
• Wayne County Department of Public Services ($634,756)
• The Nature Conservancy ($622,594)
• Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization ($534,230)
• Paul Smith’s College of Arts and Sciences ($491,090)
• Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council ($472,920)
• The Nature Conservancy ($364,630)
• The Nature Conservancy ($254,517)
• Friends of the Cedarburg Bog ($197,119)
• Alger Conservation District ($187,462)
• West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission ($153,314)