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.)

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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

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GLRI FY 2012 Report to Congress

The federal agencies and stakeholders working to implement the GLRI are making steady progress in the effort to revitalize the Great Lakes. We have met or exceeded 18 of the 28 Measures of Progress set forth in the initial GLRI Action Plan.

The report highlights the results achieved so far in each of the GLRI Action Plan's five Focus Areas.

Fiscal Year 2012 Report to Congress (PDF, 48 pp, 1.1MB) >>

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New from Department of the Interior: Restoring the Great Lakes

In October 2013, DOI published Restoring the Great Lakes: DOI Stories of Success and Partnership in Implementing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

These GLRI success stories highlight some of the ways Interior works with its partners for effective, lasting restoration of the Great Lakes region.

DOI Success Stories (PDF, 30pp, 7.5MB) >>