Environmental projects are critical for the conservation of the Lake Erie ecosystems. Both US and Canadian governments provide funding sources for the implementation of these projects. For example, in 2011, through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funded by US EPA, nearly US$18 million went to about 30 projects within the Lake Erie Basin to address LaMP priorities such as phosphorus reduction, habitat restoration, and the creation of monitoring programs that will establish measurements of nearshore health. In this section, you can find detailed information on various environmental projects within the Lake Erie basin.
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. A task force of 11 federal agencies developed an action plan to implement the initiative. This action plan covers fiscal years 2010 through 2014 and addresses five urgent issues:
Cleaning up toxics and areas of concern;
Combating invasive species;
Promoting nearshore health by protecting watersheds from polluted run-off;
Restoring wetlands and other habitats; and
Tracking progress and working with strategic partners.
To obtain more information on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative or find a GLRI project around the Lake Erie, please visit the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative website at http://greatlakesrestoration.us.