Submitted by ArcelorMittal
CLEVELAND, OH - April 29, 2008 - ArcelorMittal (NYSE: MT), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and federal agency partners - the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - gathered today in Cleveland to announce 16 projects selected to receive a total of $1 million in funding through the ArcelorMittal Great Lakes Restoration Program.
The 16 selected projects will restore and enhance the environmental integrity of the lakes by controlling invasive species, restoring wetlands and other habitats, promoting the recovery of threatened species, and educating citizens on how to protect the ecosystem.
"These grants help the Great Lakes by restoring critical habitat for fish and wildlife," said Peter Stangel, director of science and conservation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. "We are here in Northeast Ohio today because this region stands out in its commitment to conservation and in its collaborative approach. We are pleased to be able to support your good conservation projects and strong collaborative approach."
The program is funded by a three-year $2.1 million bi-national grant from the ArcelorMittal USA Foundation that was bolstered by $3 million in matches from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the EPA, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Forest Service and the NOAA. The contributions will then be leveraged by grantees to enable a total on-the-ground impact of $9 million throughout the Great Lakes watershed.
"The Great Lakes are among the most important natural resources in the world," said Lou Schorsch, president and CEO, ArcelorMittal Flat Carbon Americas. "The basin is crucial to the well-being of our employees and our communities, as well as to our operations and production, and we are committed to sustaining them. We're confident that these grants will promote positive steps toward significant, measurable improvement of the quality of the Great Lakes."
The ArcelorMittal Great Lakes Restoration Program is an important step toward restoring the ecological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin. The program is designed to address the habitat and ecosystem restoration goals developed through the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration. The Regional Collaboration, created by a Presidential Executive Order, is a wide-ranging, public-private cooperative effort to design and implement a strategy for the restoration, protection, and sustainable use of the Great Lakes.
"This unprecedented coordination of resources helps us to attain the goals identified by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration," said Lyn Luttner, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Cleveland Office manager. "Public private partnerships are the key to restoring, enhancing and protecting the waters of the Great Lakes for the benefit of everyone."
These grants were announced today:
For more information on the Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Program including applicant eligibility, eligible projects, and submission requirements visit http://www.nfwf.org/greatlakes/.
About National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
A nonprofit established by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation sustains, restores and enhances the Nation's fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats. The Foundation creates partnerships between the public and private sectors to strategically invest in conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. . Since its establishment, NFWF has awarded nearly 9,500 grants to over 3,000 organizations in the United States and abroad and leveraged "“ with its partners "“ more than $400 million in federal funds into over $1.3 billion for conservation. For more information, visit http://www.nfwf.org.
ArcelorMittal is the world's number one steel company, with 310,000 employees in more than 60 countries. The company brings together the world's number one and number two steel companies, Arcelor and Mittal Steel.
ArcelorMittal is the leader in all major global markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with leading R&D and technology, as well as sizeable captive supplies of raw materials and outstanding distribution networks. An industrial presence in 27 European, Asian, African and American countries exposes the company to all the key steel markets, from emerging to mature, positions it will be looking to develop in the high-growth Chinese and Indian markets.
About ArcelorMittal USA Foundation
The ArcelorMittal USA Foundation makes grants in three primary focus areas: education, environment and healthy and safe communities. In 2007, the foundation provided about $5 million in grants. The Foundation supports those communities in which its employees live and its business and clients operate.
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