Efforts to clean up the St. Louis River estuary in northeast Minnesota received a major boost Friday. Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced the agencies would provide another $3 million toward ongoing efforts to restore the polluted estuary, which flows into Lake Superior and is a Great Lakes Area of Concern.
“EPA and MPCA are jointly funding the next phase of work needed to reverse over one hundred years of environmental degradation in the St. Louis River Area of Concern.”“ said EPA Regional Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. The $2 million in federal funds is being provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
John Linc Stine, Commissioner for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, said the additional funding would put the “finishing touches on a detailed, multi-million dollar clean up and restoration plan to delist this Area of Concern by the year 2025. Read more here.