GLRI Projects

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — the product of a long history of bipartisan, multi-sector, community-based support — is showing real results. GLRI is focused on the most significant ecosystem problems in the Great Lakes, which are identified in the GLRI Action Plan II. The Action Plan identifies four major focus areas:

  • 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

The GLRI is being implemented by a partnership of federal agencies in cooperation with states, tribes, municipalities, universities and other organizations.

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Summary information about GLRI projects in this table is based on the information available as of February 2017. Click on the individual agency names for more detailed information. More information about the data in this table.

Agency Projects Funding
Totals 3,455 $1,764,297,298
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 34 $8,139,525
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry 10 $11,617,339
Bureau of Indian Affairs 255 $30,561,294
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4 $2,863,162
Environmental Protection Agency* 921 $720,735,232*
DOT Federal Highway Administration 12 $6,705,858
USDA Forest Service 92 $60,042,983
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 814 $256,355,345
DOT Maritime Administration 8 $16,639,781
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 224 $171,480,503
National Park Service 78 $31,936,064
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service 248 $139,695,470
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 550 $191,206,003
U.S. Coast Guard 53 $15,580,261
U.S. Geological Survey 152 $100,738,478

*This amount includes funding provided to states, tribes and other governmental entities, as well as funding for Great Lakes Legacy Act work.

Reports to Congress

GLRI was launched in 2010 to tackle the long-standing problems and emerging challenges that must be addressed to revitalize the Great Lakes ecosystem.

In these reports, the eleven federal departments and agencies that make up the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force share results.

Restoration Challenge

GLRI set aside approximately $6 million for federal agencies that propose restoration work in federally-protected areas, on tribal lands and in Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes basin. A key criterion for approvable projects was that they put at least 20 unemployed people to work.

In October 2011, EPA announced which proposals would receive funding.

The information on this website has been provided to EPA by the federal agencies that participate in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Each agency verifies and is responsible for the accuracy of its information.

Funding includes GLRI funds for on-the-ground and in-the-water work. Some agencies also include their GLRI-funded operational costs, such as project management.