GLRI Projects

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — the product of a long history of bipartisan, multi-sector, community-based support — is showing real results. GLRI is focused on the most significant ecosystem problems in the Great Lakes, which are identified in the GLRI Action Plan. The Action Plan identifies five major focus areas:

  • Focus Area 1: Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern — includes pollution prevention and cleanup of the most polluted areas in the Great Lakes
  • Focus Area 2: Invasive Species — includes instituting a "zero tolerance policy" toward new invasions, including preventing the establishment of self-sustaining populations of invasive species such as Asian carp
  • Focus Area 3: Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution — includes a targeted geographic focus on high-priority watersheds and polluted runoff reductions from urban, suburban and agricultural sources
  • Focus Area 4: Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration — includes bringing wetlands and other habitat back to life, and the first comprehensive assessment of the entire 530,000 acres of Great Lakes coastal wetlands to target restoration and protection efforts using the best science
  • Focus Area 5: Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication and Partnerships — includes the implementation of goal- and results-based accountability measures, learning initiatives, outreach and strategic partnerships

The GLRI is being implemented by a partnership of federal agencies in cooperation with states, tribes, municipalities, universities and other organizations.

Summary information about GLRI projects in this table is based on the information available as of February 2015. Click on the individual agency names for more detailed information. More information about the data in this table.

Agency Projects Funding
Totals 2,537 $1,371,196,914
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 23 $5,805,082
Environmental Protection Agency* 677 $555,574,750*
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service 223 $118,157,596
USDA Forest Service 63 $43,495,633
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 164 $124,451,007
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 419 $163,689,200
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry 10 $12,360,161
U.S. Coast Guard 38 $13,925,820
Bureau of Indian Affairs 171 $20,696,682
National Park Service 51 $25,044,355
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 550 $189,795,449
U.S. Geological Survey 134 $80,871,967
DOT Federal Highway Administration 9 $5,741,358
DOT Maritime Administration 5 $11,587,854

*This amount includes funding provided to states, tribes and other governmental entities, as well as funding for Great Lakes Legacy Act work.

Reports to Congress

GLRI was launched in 2010 to tackle the long-standing problems and emerging challenges that must be addressed to revitalize the Great Lakes ecosystem.

In these reports, the eleven federal departments and agencies that make up the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force share results.

Restoration Challenge

GLRI set aside approximately $6 million for federal agencies that propose restoration work in federally-protected areas, on tribal lands and in Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes basin. A key criterion for approvable projects was that they put at least 20 unemployed people to work.

In October 2011, EPA announced which proposals would receive funding.

The information on this website has been provided to EPA by the federal agencies that participate in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Each agency verifies and is responsible for the accuracy of its information.

Funding includes GLRI funds for on-the-ground and in-the-water work. Some agencies also include their GLRI-funded operational costs, such as project management.