$500,000 grant will help UT keep Asian carp out of Erie

The half million dollar grant will help UT keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced the University of Toledo would receive $500,000 to help the protect Lake Erie.

The grant, provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will be used to develop technology that can confirm the presence of invasive species in the Great Lakes region.

â??We rely on the Great Lakes to create jobs and help raise revenue for our local economies. With Asian carp a serious threat to the health of Lake Erie and its tributaries, this grant is a much needed step towards stopping the spread of invasive species,â?? Brown said.

The grant is part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), an effort to restore the Great Lakes.

According to the State of Ohio, more than $10 billion of the stateâ??s nearly $40 billion tourism industry is derived from counties along the Lake Erie shoreline.