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Cleaning the Great Lakes and Controlling Invasive Species
Keeping the Administration's commitment to the health and well-being of the Great Lakes basin, the President's FY 2005 budget provides an unprecedented $45 million for Great Lakes contaminated sediment clean-up, nearly a five-fold increase over previous funding levels that will allow EPA, with Great Lakes community partners, to start remedial action at six sites. The budget also seeks additional funding for research into the control of invasive species.
In May 2004, President Bush signed an Executive Order establishing the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, which, under EPA's leadership, brings together ten Agency and Cabinet officers to provide strategic direction on Federal Great Lakes policy, priorities and programs.
In 2002, EPA announced a plan to identify the major basin-wide environmental issues in the Great Lakes, establishing common goals with Federal, State, and tribal agencies, reducing concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in lake trout and walleye by 25 percent in five years, and, by the end of the decade, 90 percent of Great Lakes beaches will be safe enough to be open 95 percent of the season. Between 1998 and 2003, under existing authorities, EPA and partners remediated 100,000 to 400,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment per year.
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