Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world — the Great Lakes.

During FY15 -19, federal agencies will continue to use Great Lakes Restoration Initiative resources to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and to accelerate progress toward long term goals for this important ecosystem.

GLRI Action Plan II summarizes the actions that federal agencies plan to implement during FY15-19.

These actions will build on restoration and protection work carried out under the first GLRI Action Plan, with a major focus on:

  • Cleaning up Great Lakes Areas of Concern
  • Preventing and controlling invasive species
  • Reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful/nuisance algal blooms
  • Restoring habitat to protect native 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

Great Lakes Restoration Success through Science—U.S. Geological Survey Accomplishments 2010 through 2013

How is science helping us achieve GLRI restoration goals and measures? Check out this new publication to learn more about how USGS is collaborating with numerous partners to restore the Great Lakes!

Great Lakes Restoration Success through Science—U.S. Geological Survey Accomplishments 2010 through 2013 >>

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Announcing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan II

On Sept. 24, 2014, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy released a new GLRI Action Plan that lays out steps that federal agencies will take during the next five years to protect water quality, control invasive species and restore habitat in the largest surface fresh water system in the world. McCarthy, who chairs the federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, released the plan at a meeting of Great Lakes Mayors in Chicago. The Great Lakes Interagency Task Force sponsored several opportunities for the public and stakeholders to provide input to update the GLRI Action Plan.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan II >>

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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