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GLRI Action Plan III

EPA GLNPO Director Chris Korleski talking about Action Plan III at a public engagement session.

EPA and its federal partners are developing Action Plan III, which will outline priorities and goals for the GLRI for fiscal years 2020-2024.

We are seeking public feedback on the draft Action Plan. You can submit your feedback via our webform until May 24, 2019.

EPA and its federal partners plan to use public input to influence development of a final GLRI Action Plan III by Oct. 1, 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:

Participants discussing priorities with GLRI experts.

  • 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.

Public engagement session participants taking in the presentation and Focus Area banners.