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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan

GLRI partners have begun efforts to draft a plan that will cover actions in FY2025-2029. EPA will regularly post updates on these efforts.


Recent News

  • Grasses and flowering plants make up the majority of a riverbank meadow vegetation community along the restored shoreline of the Buffalo River near Katherine Street in Buffalo, New York, Aug. 9, 2023. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District completed closeout of the $2.7 million habitat restoration, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. (U.S. Army photo by Jane Clark) January 24, 2024

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has completed closeout of the habitat restoration along the Buffalo River near Katherine Street.

  • Powderhorn Lake shoreline. (Credit: Audubon Great Lakes) January 12, 2024

    A three-year restoration project at Powderhorn Lake has restored more than 100 acres of wetland habitat and reestablished fish passage to Lake Michigan.

  • A hand holding sturgeon eggs. December 14, 2023

    The Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) was removed from the Rochester Embayment Area of Concern (AOC) after state, federal, and non-profit partners implemented multiple habitat restoration projects within the AOC and in critical wetland areas adjacent to the AOC, leading to improved habitat conditions for target fish and wildlife species. This marks the final BUI to be removed from this AOC.

  • State partners collecting fish in the Black River via boat electrofishing as part of the sampling efforts to assess rates of tumors and deformities in the AOC. (Credit: OLEC) December 8, 2023

    Tumors and deformities were historically elevated in fish populations in the Black River and Cuyahoga River Areas of Concern (AOCs) as a result of legacy industrial pollution and poor water quality. Contaminant source control and water quality improvements in both AOCs, and remediation work in the Black River AOC, reduced rates of fish tumors and deformities to meet Ohio’s AOC restoration targets, prompting the removal of the Fish Tumors and Other Deformities Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) from these AOCs.

  • Students from the 2022 Learning from the Land Summer Youth Program explore rocks and water while learning about local geology at Bad River Falls. December 8, 2023

    The NOAA Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) for Indigenous Communities 2024 Federal Funding Opportunity is now open. This competitive grant program supports meaningful, place-based educational experiences that incorporate Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2024.