Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. A task force of 11 federal agencies developed an action plan to implement the initiative. This action plan covers fiscal years 2010 through 2014 and addresses five urgent issues:


  1. Cleaning up toxics and areas of concern;
  2. Combating invasive species;
  3. Promoting nearshore health by protecting watersheds from polluted run-off;
  4. Restoring wetlands and other habitats; and
  5. Tracking progress and working with strategic partners.

With input from citizens, three key priorities will guide restoration for 2012 and 2013:

  • Cleaning up Areas of Concern,
  • Reducing nutrients entering the Lakes, and
  • Preventing the introduction of new invasive species.

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Find a GLRI Project

Use the map below to find GLRI project information. Or, see a list of all GLRI projects.
(Note: the points on the map show the actual location of the project and/or the location of the entity managing the project.)

Highlights

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$960K in GLRI Funding Awarded by Joint Ventures

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces $960,000 in grants aimed at protecting 908 acres of wetlands and wildlife habitat in Wisconsin and New York under GLRI through the Joint Venture Habitat Protection and Restoration Program.

Read the complete press release >>

Sunrise on the shores of Lake Michigan courtesy of myheimu/Creative Commons

Be Inspired: Join us as we restore the Great Lakes

Please enjoy the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's video salute to the work of our staff and our partners.

Together we can and will protect the Great Lakes for current and future generations.

Video: Be Inspired: Join us as we restore the Great Lakes (02:18) >>

Sunrise on the shores of Lake Michigan courtesy of myheimu/Creative Commons