By The Business Journal of Milwaukee

A Senate committee Thursday approved the proposal to spend $250,000 to better connect businesses to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukeeâ¿¿s School of Freshwater Science.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the amendment, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, (D-Wis.), on Thursday. The proposal, which will next go to the full U.S. Senate for a vote, would give UW-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Water Council $250,000 to build partnerships with private businesses through the school.

The School of Freshwater Science would include a new building with space for university researchers and businesses on the Reed Street Yards site in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Water Council is a proposed tenant for the building.

The $250,000 is the second set-aside Kohl has sponsored for the water school. The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved $4.5 million that would pay for equipment for the buildingâ¿¿s laboratories.

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