EPA and its federal partners are developing Action Plan III, which will outline priorities and goals for the GLRI for fiscal years 2020-2024.
Following engagement with stakeholders throughout the Great Lakes Basin and consultation with Great Lakes states and tribes, EPA and its federal partners developed a draft Action Plan III and sought public input on the draft Plan. EPA and its partners are now considering the input provided by over 1,300 individuals and organizations. EPA and its federal partners plan to use this input to influence development of a final GLRI Action Plan III by Oct. 1, 2019.
- DRAFT Action Plan III (PDF) – April 19, 2019
As required by 33 U.S. Code Section 1268 (c)(7)(G), EPA and its federal partners are reviewing and revising the GLRI Action Plan through a process that includes consulting with Great Lakes States and Indian tribes and soliciting input from other non-Federal stakeholders.
Over the course of six public engagement sessions in summer 2018, EPA sought and received input on priorities for the plan. Over 550 people participated in the sessions and we received additional feedback through more than 250 cards and messages. We heard from agriculture, industry, tribes, states, academia, local government, non-profits, metropolitan planning organizations, and the general public.We also consulted with Great Lakes states and tribes.
The key message we heard was to continue to work (at an accelerated pace) on Great Lakes environmental problems within the framework of the GLRI’s five existing Focus Areas. Within that framework, participants said the GLRI should focus on:
- Cleaning up toxic pollutants.
- Keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes and controlling existing invasive species.
- Reducing the causes and extent of harmful algal blooms.
- Protecting and restoring important habitats for fish, birds and other species.
- Continuing Great Lakes education and outreach efforts and filling in critical knowledge gaps.
We've used the input we received in developing the draft GLRI Action Plan III.