Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades.
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The Great Lakes form the largest surface freshwater system on the Earth. More than 30 million people live in the Great Lakes basin, and the impact of their daily activities, from the water consumed to the waste returned, directly affects the Great Lakes environment.
In May 2004, a Presidential Executive Order 13340 (PDF) (3 pp, 43 K About PDF) was signed recognizing the Great Lakes as a national treasure, calling for creation of a "Regional Collaboration of National Significance," and a cabinet-level federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force.
The U.S.-Canadian Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy issues annual reports. To date, 12 of the 17 goals for source- and emissions-reductions set in 1997 have been met, and the rest are well advanced.
The Great Lakes Legacy Act provides funding to take the necessary steps to clean up contaminated sediment in "Areas of Concern" (AOCs) located wholly or partially in the United States. Forty-three AOCs have been identified: 26 located entirely within the United States; 12 located wholly within Canada; and five that are shared by both countries.
The United States and Canada together assess the ecological health of the Great Lakes ecosystem and follow the trends of Great Lakes ecosystem conditions. See State of the Lakes Ecosystem
Great Lakes Topics
- Areas of Concern (AOCs)
- Contaminated Sediments
- Environmental Indicators
- Funding Program
- Great Lakes Atlas
- Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy
- Facts and Statistics
- Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA)
- Human Health Program
- Invasive Species
- Lakewide Management Plans
- Monitoring Program
- Great Lakes Image Collection
Other Topics of Interest
- About the Great Lakes Program
- Pollution Prevention & Toxic Reductions
- State-of-the-Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC)
- Great Lakes Atlas
- Visualizing the Great Lakes Image Collection
- Sampling Procedures
- Quality Management
- Landscaping with Native Plants (Greenacres)
- Native Vegetation Enhancement Project