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Environmental advocates attending Great Lakes Commission this week

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Over 100 environmental advocates from Wisconsin and seven other Great Lakes states are lobbying in the nation's capital this week.

They'll attend the semi-annual meeting of the Great Lakes Commission. They'll also lobby their congressional representatives to keep supporting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a multi-year plan to clean up the massive waterways.

The package sat on a shelf for years before President Obama started providing federal funds in 2009. Since then, the Initiative has spent over $1 billion to clean up polluted shorelines and industrial sites, and protect wildlife habitat near the Great Lakes.

Obama White House official John Goss is scheduled to speak to the group about the ongoing effort to keep the invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Federal EPA Adminsitrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to address the group Wednesday.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)