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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), $475 million in funding has been appropriated for Great Lakes restoration and research. The comprehensive plan will target serious concerns facing the region, including invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and toxic sediments. EPA and its Federal partners will coordinate State, tribal, local, and industry actions in an effort to achieve outmost success and reach designated initiative performance goals.

GLRI Response in Illinois

Collaboration between the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Natural History Surveys, and the City of Chicago has resulted in a substantial priority project list for the GLRI. Priority projects will help create jobs, as well as improve conditions and provide for more research and information. Projects have been selected according to the GLRI priority focus areas set forth. Five focus areas have been determined as the top priorities for which initiative action is necessary:

  • Accountability, monitoring, evaluation, communication, and partnership.
  • Habitat and wildlife protection and restoration
  • Invasive species
  • Near shore health and nonpoint source point pollution
  • Toxic substances and areas of concern

For more information about the initiative, please visit the USEPA’s homepage for the GLRI.

This site will continue to change over time as the Initiative progresses. Please check back regularly for updates.

For questions, comments, or feedback on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Illinois, please email Todd Main or call 312-814-2751.