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Report: Local governments, tribes shoulder unfair burden on Great Lakes

By John Flesher
Traverse City, Michigan (AP)

Local governments spend about $15 billion annually on Great Lakes environmental programs while the U.S. and Canadian governments do comparatively little for the world’s largest surface freshwater system, according to a recent report released to the public.

The study will strengthen the case for a bigger federal role in protecting and restoring an ecosystem battered by sewage overflows, invasive species, toxic pollution and other problems, officials from the region said.

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