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Development of GLRI Action Plan


EPA and Federal Partners Seek Public Input on Great Lakes Action Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its federal partners are seeking input from the public on the draft Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan IV. The plan outlines the goals and objectives of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for the years 2025 to 2029. Input will be accepted until May 24, 2024

The Action Plan for 2025-2029 outlines the Initiative’s priorities and goals in five focus areas: 

  • Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern;
  • Invasive Species;
  • Nonpoint Source Pollution Impacts on Nearshore Health;
  • Habitat and Species; and
  • Foundations for Future Actions.

Read the Draft GLRI Action Plan IV.

Members of the public are invited to share ideas and feedback on this draft plan using this form through May 24, 2024.


Public Engagement Sessions

Last summer, the EPA and its federal partners received more than 3,500 suggestions from the public on priorities for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan IV through five public engagement sessions across the Great Lakes basin and two virtual engagement sessions. The EPA also consulted with the Great Lakes states and Tribes throughout the plan’s development. Together with our federal partners, EPA considered this input as we drafted the new plan for 2025-2029. 


Previous Action Plans

Learn what topics were covered in previous GLRI action plans. 


GLRI Background

Since 2010, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has funded more than 7,500 restoration and protection projects totaling more than $3.7 billion to target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and to accelerate progress toward long-term goals. GLRI Action Plan III was published in 2019 to guide restoration and protection through 2024. Action Plan IV will cover 2025 through 2029.