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EPA grant announced to help clean up Milwaukee Estuary

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin is about to get another $1.5 million from the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

The federal EPA says the grant will help clean up the Milwaukee Estuary, and remove it from a list of highly-polluted areas. The money will be used to look uncontrolled sources of sewage, study the health of aquatic communities, restore grassland habitat in the area, and create an inventory of fish and wildlife populations in Metro Milwaukee. 

It's another local pollution hot spot being addressed by the Great Lakes Initiative, which has provided about $1.33 billion since 2009 on various cleanups along the Great Lakes. 

The program's future was discussed this week at a large gathering of environmental groups in Milwaukee. EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe announced the grant at that meeting Wednesday.