(AP) - Federal officials are taking applications for grants to pay for Great Lakes cleanup projects.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting states, cities, native tribes and nonprofit groups to seek financial support for their ideas under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
President Barack Obama has proposed spending $300 million this year on the initiative, which is designed to remove toxic pollution from harbors, battle invasive species and restore wildlife habitat.
Congress has yet to approve the funding, and Republicans in the House are pushing to reduce it.
Applications for project grants must be submitted to EPA's Chicago office by April 11.
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