Public Engagement

In February 2010, the Interagency Task Force released a GLRI Action Plan covering fiscal years 2010-2014. The Action Plan identified the goals, objectives, measurable ecological targets, and specific actions to help rehabilitate the Great Lakes. The federal agencies use the Action Plan to target investments to reduce toxic contamination, recover fish and wildlife habitat, increase nearshore health through the reduction of nutrient and other land-based pollution, prevent invasive species, and promote accountability, education and collaboration.

The IATF is seeking input on the draft FY15-19 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan.

Extensive input from the public in 2013, the Great Lakes Advisory Board, Government Accountability Office, U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board and others informed the development of this draft. The Great Lakes Interagency Task Force now invites your thoughts on the draft. It is most helpful to the agencies to receive input within 30 days of the Action Plan being posted to this website, but input will be considered until the Action Plan is finalized.

The Task Force will host two public webinars to discuss the draft Action Plan:


Meetings and Events

The Great Lakes Interagency Task Force sponsored several opportunities for the public and stakeholders to provide input to update the GLRI Action Plan to cover fiscal years 2015-2019.

June 12, 2014

Great Lakes Advisory Board meeting
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time
Teleconference via GoTo Webinar - register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/610280241

May 28, 2014

Great Lakes Advisory Board meeting
77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Ill., Lake Michigan Room, 12th floor, or 844-299-8082, code 24658751

Dec. 23, 2013

Recommendations to the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force on the Development of the FY2015-2019 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan (PDF) (14 pp, 841K) - December 2013

Dec. 11, 2013

Great Lakes Advisory Board teleconference

Nov. 13, 2013

Great Lakes Advisory Board teleconference

July 23, 2013

Great Lakes Advisory Board meeting

June 12, 2013

Great Lakes Advisory Board teleconference

June 5, 2013

Meeting, Cleveland, OH

June 3, 2013

Webinar

May 30, 2013

Meeting, Milwaukee, WI

May 28, 2013

Meeting, Buffalo, NY

May 23, 2013

Webinar

May 21 and 22, 2013

Great Lakes Advisory Board Inaugural Meeting and Public Comment

 

Great Lakes Advisory Board

The Great Lakes Advisory Board provides advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator, who serves as chair of the federal Interagency Task Force. The federal agencies considered candidates from a broad range of interests including business, agriculture, foundations, environmental justice groups, education organizations, environmental groups, academia and state, local and tribal representatives.

The next Great Lakes Advisory Board teleconference and public comment opportunity will be held via teleconference on:
Wednesday, July, 30 2014
10 am to 12 pm CDT

The teleconference number for the public to call in is 877-744-6030, conference code 696 51 850.

Draft Restoration Framework Under Revision

February 2014: The Great Lakes Interagency Task Force is currently revising the draft document entitled "Adaptive Science-Based Framework for Great Lakes Restoration."

A revised draft will be made available in the coming months.

The framework is intended to guide cost-effective and strategically appropriate restoration actions under the GLRI by using the best available science and applying lessons learned from past and on-going restoration projects and programs.