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St. Louis River cleanup gets $3 million in state and federal grants

The grants come from the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

State and federal officials announced Friday grants of $3 million to help clean up the St. Louis River in the Duluth area.

The money — $2.19 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and $1.1 million from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency through the Minnesota Clean Water Fund — will be used to assess clean-up options on the river, assess the amount of contaminated sediments to be removed and develop engineering designs for clean-up work.

The St. Louis River is among the most polluted waterways in the Great Lakes region.