The Michigan Sea Grant program is receiving federal funding for research, education and outreach programs dealing with the Great Lakes.
 
U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow say the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is awarding the Michigan program $642,428.
 
Michigan Sea Grant is run by the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. It's part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant program, which helps provide graduate student support and research at 32 university-based programs across the country.
 
The Sea Grant program funds scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to bring about science-based decisions about the use and conservation of Great Lakes resources. Its federal funds are matched with funds from other sources.