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 2015-2019 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.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Sept. 14, 2016 Teleconference

This public meeting of the Science and Information Subcommittee (SIS) is to discuss substantive comments on responses to charge questions on how to compare and prioritize proposals for GLRI funding that have significant differences in the duration or longevity of their ecosystem benefits.

Past Meetings and Events


July 20, 2016 Meeting

May 11, 2016 Teleconference

April 6, 2016 Teleconference

March 9, 2016 Meeting

Jan. 27, 2016 Meeting


Oct. 7, 2015 Teleconference

July 14, 2015 Meeting

May 19, 2015 Meeting

March 19, 2015 Teleconference


Dec. 9, 2014 Meeting

Aug. 27, 2014 Meeting

July 30, 2014 Teleconference

June 25, 2014 Teleconference

June 12, 2014 Meeting

June 9 and June 10, 2014 Webinars

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

May 28, 2014 meeting


Dec. 23, 2013

Dec. 11, 2013 Meeting

Nov. 13, 2013 Meeting

July 23, 2013 Meeting

June 12, 2013 Teleconference

June 5, 2013 Meeting in Cleveland, OH

June 3, 2013 Webinar

May 30, 2013 Meeting in Milwaukee, WI

May 28, 2013 in Buffalo, NY

May 23, 2013 Webinar

May 21 and 22, 2013 Inaugural Meeting

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.