The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative also has spent millions on cleaning up beaches and restoring wetlands that filter pollutants along the lake shore. In all,
But that funding could dry up soon, according to a draft of the
Under the tentative plan from the
Ohio EPA Director
Spending from the fund already has been shifting that way over the last few years with more money targeted toward reducing the farm field runoff that feeds the lake's algae and building up natural areas that filter the runoff.
Some of the projects from the
One of the keys to reducing the fertilizer runoff that helps algae flourish has been convincing farmers to change long-held practices.
Another focus has been on cleaning up and creating more natural areas along the lakefront and its tributaries. That's meant removing invasive plants from places like the Mentor Marsh near of
A big chunk has gone toward cleaning up polluted harbors and river mouths from
There are dozens of other projects that have been funded since 2011, from putting border collies on beaches to chase off messy geese to replacing trees destroyed by an invasive beetle. A project approved last year is looking at alternative uses for sediment dredged from