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     The President signed the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act 
     of 1998 on October 19, 1998.
     This new public law reauthorizes existing U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
     Service coordination offices for the Great Lakes and sets up a grants 
     program to implement the recommendations of the Great Lakes Fishery 
     Resources Restoration Study.  This new program allows the State and 
     tribal directors (or their appointees) to determine which projects 
     should be priorities for fish and wildlife restoration and authorizes 
     funding for the projects which they recommend (25% non-Federal 
     For more information, contact:
     Rochelle Sturtevant
     Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force