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Published: 2/29/2008 12:06 AM

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Local governments devote about $15 billion annually on Great Lakes environmental programs and the U.S. and Canadian governments aren't paying their fair share, a new report says. The national governments need to step up and invest more in protecting and restoring the world's largest surface freshwater system from sewage overflows, invasive species, toxic pollution and other problems, the report says. "Our study shows that local governments are pulling their weight and more," Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry said. By contrast, he added, the federal government has "a significant investment deficit." A spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the lead federal agency on Great Lakes programs, had no immediate reaction.