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.)



Eagle Marsh berm blocks Asian carp pathway to Great Lakes

Asian carp have one less pathway to the Great Lakes, thanks to a recently completed project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and local partners built a 1.7-mile berm averaging 7.5 ft high at Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve in Fort Wayne, Ind. It cuts off a major Asian carp pathway to the Lake Erie watershed in Ohio. The project cost some $4.4 million, about half of which came from the GLRI.

Completed Eagle Marsh Berm

Cover of the GLRI Report to Congress

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Report to Congress

During the first five years of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, over 2,500 projects were implemented to improve water quality, clean up contaminated shoreline, protect and restore native habitat and species, and prevent and control invasive species in the Great Lakes. That work, which began in 2010, is summarized in a new Report to Congress and the President.

GLRI Report to Congress FY 2010-2014(PDF, 50 pp, 2.2 MB)

Science in the Great Lakes Mapper website

New USGS GLRI Products Online

The redesigned US Geological Survey's GLRI website lets you find information about USGS GLRI science projects, including publications and data sets. Ideal for researchers, managers and the public. Approximately 74 projects, 66 publications, 11 datasets.

The new Science in the Great Lakes (SiGL) Mapper is a map-based discovery tool that displays basin-wide monitoring and research. It can help stakeholders plan, implement and analyze restoration activities. SiGL currently has 191 projects representing 46 different agencies and organizations throughout the Great Lakes.