(May 1, 2019) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1.65 million from Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). This is the first increment of an approximately $5 million, 3 year grant to WDNR. This funding continues the management support necessary for accelerated implementation of priority actions from the Lakewide Action and Management Plans (LAMPs) and from Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) for Areas of Concern (AOCs).
This award includes support for: ecosystem assessment, quality assurance; LAMP and RAP coordination and participation in conferences and training; implementation of the delisting strategy for Wisconsin’s five AOCs; and increasing public awareness and participation in Great Lakes restoration programs.
Under the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the United States and Canada targeted 43 highly contaminated “Areas of Concern”, or AOCs, for cleanup. The five Wisconsin AOCs supported by this award are:
- Lower Green Bay & Fox River
- Menominee River
- Milwaukee Estuary
- Sheboygan River
- St. Louis River
This award also includes funding for staff who help develop and implement Lake Michigan and Lake Superior LAMPs to address water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and invasive species issues.
EPA expects to award similar management assistance agreements to the other Great Lakes States to support their Great Lakes programs. Since 2010, EPA has provided over $60 million to Great Lakes states to build capacity and assist management of their Great Lakes programs.