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January 6th 2016

Funding Opportunity: Sustain Our Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Grants

Sustain Our Great Lakes has announced their 2016 Request for Proposals to fund habitat restoration projects in the Great Lakes basin. Up to $5 million is available for grants in two categories: Stream and Riparian Habitat restoration or enhancement and Coastal Wetland restoration or enhancement. Individual grants will range from $50,000 to $1.5 million. The submission deadline is February 17, 2016. Details can be found here, you can view the RFP here, or find general information on www.sustainourgreatlakes.org.

There will also be two webinars with additional information related to this grant funding:

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December 16th 2015

Federal Budget Advances Key Great Lakes Priorities, Will Benefit Millions of People

The New York delegation on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

The New York delegation on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (December 16, 2015)—The U.S. House and Senate last night released the 2016 federal omnibus budget, which advances several Great Lakes priorities to protect clean drinking water, keep beaches open, and restore fish and wildlife habitat that are the foundation of the region’s outdoor recreation economy. The fiscal year 2016 budget:

 

  • Provides $300 million to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to clean up toxic pollution, restore fish and wildlife habitat, reduce farm and city runoff, and combat invasive species;
  • Authorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for one year to ensure that the nation maintains its commitment to the Great Lakes; and,
  • Helps local communities prevent sewage contamination by funding the Clean Water State Revolving Fund at $1.39 billion nationally, approximately $510 million of which will be invested in the eight-state Great Lakes region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

Read the budget here.

Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, said:

“This budget sends a strong message that Great Lakes restoration remains a top priority for the nation. It keeps federal Great Lakes restoration efforts on track, and it benefits millions of people. We’re glad to see that programs that are producing results around the region will continue.

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December 8th 2015

Funding Opportunity: Habitat Restoration Partnerships at U.S. Areas of Concern

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced a funding opportunity for habitat restoration work in Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The funding is available for multi-year partnerships that applicant groups would form with NOAA to work on Great Lakes regional habitat restoration. The specific habitat restoration projects would be decided on after the partnership between NOAA and the applicant is formed, but all projects will focus on restoration of U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The deadline for applications is February 2, 2016 – please note that federal funding applications require a DUNS number and registration in the System for Award Management, which can take some time to acquire.

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November 23rd 2015

Habitat Restoration Complete in Chambers Grove Park in Duluth, Minn

On Friday, Susan Hedman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Administrator, gathered with Representative Rick Nolan (D-Minn) and Duluth Mayor Don Ness to announce the completion of the Chambers Grove Park habitat restoration project. The area is part of the St. Louis River Area of Concern and its restoration was partially funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. In 1987, there were 43 Areas of Concern (AOC) identified around the Great Lakes–primarily rivers and harbors with contaminated sediment and other severe habitat degradation. Since they were first designated in 1987, four United States AOCs and three Canadian AOCs have been delisted. The Chambers Grove Park celebration in Duluth puts the St. Louis River AOC one step closer to being delisted.

 

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November 10th 2015

Action Alert: Organizing the Response to Great Lakes Algal Blooms

This satellite image shows the 2011 toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie. At its peak, the bloom cover 990 miles of the lake's surface area. Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This satellite image shows the 2011 toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie. At its peak, the bloom cover 990 miles of the lake’s surface area. Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Algal blooms have plagued the Great Lakes over the last several years, with funding to fight the problem coming from multiple agencies at both the state and national level. Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) has introduced legislation to create a Great Lakes Algal Bloom Coordinator, a position that we have called for that would help organize the response to the threat of algal blooms to the lakes. Rep. Tim Ryan recently sent out a Dear Colleague letter in support of the Great Lakes Algal Bloom Coordinator, and we’d like your help in urging your Representatives to co-sponsor Rep. Ryan’s bill (the Great Lakes Harmful Algal Bloom Coordinator Act, H.R. 1923). The text of the letter is at the bottom of this email – the current cosponsors include Reps. Tim Ryan, David Joyce (R-Ohio), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), and Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio).

You may contact your Representative via twitter, or through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

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  • 2016 Great Lakes Days

    Looking for information about 2016 Great Lakes Days? You can find our most recent updates on our Great Lakes Day website. This year we'll be in Washington, D.C. February 24 and 25. We'll see you there!  

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    Read our latest field update from Michigan. Ducks Unlimited shares the results of their restoration tour with Congressman Dan Benishek. Learn more.

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