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     The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1998 (H.R. 1481) 
     was passed by the Senate on October 2, clearing the bill for the 
     The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act reauthorizes the 
     existing Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes Coordination Office and 
     Fishery Resources Offices and sets up a grants program to implement 
     the recommendations of the Great Lakes Fishery Resources Restoration 
     Study.  The grants program allows the State and tribal directors (or 
     their appointees) to determine which projects should be priorities for 
     fish and wildlife restoration (through a proposal review committee 
     operating under the guidance of the Council of Lake Committees) and 
     authorizes funding for the projects which they recommend (25% 
     non-Federal cost-share).
     For more information contact: 
     Rochelle Sturtevant
     Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force