The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plays a prominent role in Great Lakes Restoration. Not only is NOAA responsible for administering funding under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to implemenent quality restoration projects, but the agency also provides technical staff, fosters partnerships, and makes efforts to engage the local community.
The agency also has an extensive monitoring program that collects information and results from its restoration projects on things like water quality, vegetation, wildlife, and the human/social aspects (things like volunteering, new jobs, and personal stories).
These kinds of monitoring programs are critical to show the results of restoration projects. Without continued monitoring, it’s difficult to know if project approaches are working, and it’s hard to learn what aspects we can improve in the future. Furthermore, monitoring efforts show tangible results that demonstrate the effectiveness of current projects and the need for future funding in the Great Lakes. Being able to show local and federal decision-makers what we’re doing in the Great Lakes and how much needs to be done is crucial in supporting funding initiatives like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Find out more about NOAA in the Great Lakes at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory Homepage!