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Michigan tribe receives funds to restore Manistee River watershed

The Associated Press 6/4/03 4:40 PM

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) -- A northern Michigan tribe has received $600,000 for restoration projects on the Manistee River Watershed.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman presented the money to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

"The Little River Band was chosen to receive this grant because they demonstrated the ability to achieve tangible environmental results in a short time," Whitman said.

The Little River Band was recently selected as one of 20 grant recipients in EPA's new Watershed Initiative. A total of $15 million will go to watershed organizations to fund restoration and protection projects.

The Little River Band includes 2,600 tribal members. It will use its grant for several projects, including: repairing road and stream crossings, stabilizing stream banks, water quality monitoring, habitat inventories, fish assessments and reclaiming a sturgeon spawning site.
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