Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan

In February 2009, President Obama proposed $475 million for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This Action Plan describes how the Initiative was to be executed from 2010 through 2014, building on the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy (GLRC Strategy), which provided the framework for the Action Plan.

The Plan represents the collaborative efforts of 11 federal agencies to restore the health of the Great Lakes ecosystems. The most significant problems and efforts to address them are presented in five major focus areas: Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern; Invasive Species; Nearshore Health and Non-point Source Pollution; Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration; and Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication and Partnerships. Goals, objectives, measurable ecological targets, and specific actions for each of these five focus areas are identified. On an annual basis, federal agencies are expected to identify the specific actions they will take to implement the Action Plan.

Projected impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes have implications across all focus areas. Where appropriate, climate change impacts and the needs of the Great Lakes community to adapt to those impacts are being assessed and addressed by GLRI projects and programs. To the extent that actions undertaken as part of this Initiative increase ecosystem resiliency, such actions will also help the Great Lakes ecosystem adapt to climate change.

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Publication Date: February 21, 2010

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