On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $3.5 million in available funding for the restoration of Spirit Lake, an area in Minnesota part of the St. Louis Rive Area of Concern. The EPA will provide $2.275 million in funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, while U.S. Steel will provide the remaining $1.225 million for the clean up. The funding is targeted at sediment clean up in the area.
There were 43 Areas of Concern designated in 1987 as priority clean up areas around the Great Lakes due to the high levels of contamination or degradation found on those sites. So far four areas in the United States have been delisted: Oswego River, N.Y.; Presque Isle, Pa.; White Lake, Mich.; and Deer Lake, Mich.