The Environmental Protection Agency is funding 11 projects to fight non-native species invading the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants add up to $5 million targeting invasive plants and animals from Lake Huron through the Saint Lawrence River. They've put more than $40 million dollars into local efforts over the last four years.
Three of the projects target Lake Ontario, removing invasive plants from wetlands and trying to stop boaters from spreading water pests. They're going to organizations including Ducks Unlimited and the State Department of Parks and Recreation.
Invasive species typically hitch a ride on ships from overseas ports to the Great Lakes. The Zebra Mussel is the classic example.