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Saginaw – Federal officials are hosting a public meeting in Saginaw to discuss the next phase of a multi-year effort to protect and clean up the Great Lakes.

The session Tuesday is the fifth of six that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting around the region concerning the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The initiative funds projects intended to fix longstanding problems such as toxic pollution, invasive species, runoff that causes algae blooms and loss of wildlife habitat.

Officials are considering priorities for the next phase of the program, which will cover fiscal years 2020 through 2024. A proposal is expected to be made public this fall.

The gathering starts at 6 p.m. at Curtiss Hall on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University.

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