Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world — the Great Lakes.

During FY15 -19, federal agencies will continue to use Great Lakes Restoration Initiative resources to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and to accelerate progress toward long term goals for this important ecosystem.

GLRI Action Plan II summarizes the actions that federal agencies plan to implement during FY15-19.

These actions will build on restoration and protection work carried out under the first GLRI Action Plan, with a major focus on:

  • Cleaning up Great Lakes Areas of Concern
  • Preventing and controlling invasive species
  • Reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful/nuisance algal blooms
  • Restoring habitat to protect native species

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Find a GLRI Project

Use our new interactive map to find GLRI project information. Or, see a list of all GLRI projects.
(Note: the points on the map show the actual location of the project and/or the location of the entity managing the project.)


GLRI Report to Congress

EPA Presents GLRI Report to Congress and the President

As leader of the of Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has submitted a report to Congress and the President which summarizes progress under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) during 2016. As required, the report provides detailed information on GLRI accomplishments and funding allocations for participating federal agencies on a yearly basis.

Read the Report (PDF)