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 comments on how the FY10-14 Action Plan may be refined for FY15-19 to increase the effectiveness of these investments.

The following documents will be used to consider refinements to the 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.

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


May 30, 2013

Meeting, Milwaukee, WI

May 28, 2013

Meeting, Buffalo, NY

May 23, 2013


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 is:
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
10 am to 12 pm CST
Call-in number: 877-744-6030
Participant code: 2465 8751

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.