Public Engagement

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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.


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.

May 19, 2015

The next Great Lakes Advisory Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central Time, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) covering FY15-19 and other relevant matters. An opportunity will be provided to the public to comment. The meeting will be held at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Offices at 230 S. Clark St., 16th Floor, Fort Dearborn and Lake Michigan Conference Rooms, Chicago, Illinois.

March 19, 2015

The next Great Lakes Advisory Board teleconference will be held Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 10am to 12pm Eastern Time. The teleconference number is 877-744-6030; the participant code is 83810127.

Dec. 9, 2014

Great Lakes Advisory Board teleconference and public comment opportunity

Aug. 27, 2014

Great Lakes Advisory Board meeting
EPA Region 5 Offices in Chicago, Ill. and by phone.

June 12, 2014

Great Lakes Advisory Board meeting
Teleconference

June 9 and June 10, 2014

The Task Force hosted two public webinars to discuss the draft Action Plan.

May 28, 2014

Great Lakes Advisory Board meeting
Chicago, Ill.

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.

Draft Restoration Management Process Document Under Revision

The Great Lakes Interagency Task Force is currently revising the draft document entitled:
Science-Based Adaptive Management Process for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan II (PDF) (14 p, 889 K)

The latest draft is from November 2014.

It's 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 ongoing restoration projects and programs.