We’ve collected over 100 restoration success stories around the Great Lakes region. In this slideshow we’re highlighting only a few of them.
Stopping Aquatic Hitchhikershttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/musselprop.jpeg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Duluth, Minn.: Minnesota Sea Grant is expanding its highly successful Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!™ program. The program educates boaters and anglers about how to prevent the spread of invasive species.
Grand Calumet Cleanuphttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/FWS.grdcal2009EPA.jpg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
East Chicago, Ind.: This aerial photo shows areas of the Grand Calumet River that are targeted for sediment cleanups and habitat restoration. The first phase of the river cleanup was a $33 million project that removed 92,000 cubic yards of toxic mud. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Frog Bay Tribal National Parkhttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/frogBayTitle.png&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Bayfield, Wis.: The Frog Bay Tribal National Park, the nation’s first tribal national park, is located along the shores of Lake Superior. The park preserves 88 acres of boreal forest and a quarter-mile of pristine Lake Superior shoreline. Photo courtesy of Native American Tourism of Wisconsin.
Orwell Brook Sea Lamprey Barrierhttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/lampreybarrier.jpg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Altmar, N.Y.: A new sea lamprey barrier and trap in New York’s Orwell Brook will protect fish in Lake Ontario and reduce the cost of controlling the deadly invader’s population. Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
Atlantic Salmon Fisheryhttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/restore_aquatic_habitats_web.png&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Cortland, N.Y.: A state-of-the-art fish culture facility built at the U.S. Geological Survey Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science is helping scientists develop effective rearing and stocking techniques for Atlantic salmon and bloater (a type of herring). Bloaters are a food source for Atlantic salmon. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Ashtabula River Cleanuphttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/OH-Dept-of-Health-sign.jpeg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Ashtabula, Ohio: Prior to cleanup, the Ohio Department of Health advised against eating fish from the Ashtabula River. A sediment cleanup and habitat restoration project have restored the lower two miles of the river and advanced efforts to get it de-listed as a Great Lakes Area of Concern.
Fish Passage in Lake Erie Tributaryhttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/FourmileCreek.Before.jpg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Erie, Pa.: A fish passage structure that allows fish to avoid a barrier, like the one shown above, was built in a Lake Erie tributary in Pennsylvania. Allowing fish passage created a steelhead fishery and gave resident and migratory fish access to four additional miles of free-flowing stream by reconnecting the lake with the upper reaches of the watershed.
Presque Isle Bay Cleanuphttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1352919064.png&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Erie, Pa.: After a decade of cleanup work, Presque Isle Bay on Lake Erie became just the second site in the United States to be removed from a list of Great Lakes toxic hotspots.
St. Clair River Sturgeon Habitathttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/sturgeon.jpeg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Delta of the St. Clair River near Pearl Beach, Mich.: A sturgeon swims over a spawning bed in the St. Clair River. The installation of rocky reefs in the St. Clair River delta created 40,000 square feet of spawning habit for lake sturgeon, which is expected to bolster the population of this iconic Great Lakes fish species.
Ford Motor Co.'s Green Roofhttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/FordGreenRoof.jpg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Dearborn, Mich.: A view of Ford Motor Co.’s massive Rouge truck manufacturing facility and its living roof. The roof absorbs water to reduce runoff and keeps the building cooler than a traditional rooftop. Photo Courtesy of Jeff Alexander.
Belle Isle Lagoonhttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/BelleIsleLagoon.jpg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Detroit, Mich.: A view overlooking the Blue Heron Lagoon on Belle Isle. At 985 acres, Belle Isle is the nation’s largest island park. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects are helping to restore fish and wildlife habitat on the city-owned park in the Detroit River. Photo Courtesy of Jeff Alexander.
Waukegan Harbor Cleanuphttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/looking-northwest.jpeg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Waukegan, Ill.: The cleanup of Waukegan Harbor, one of the most contaminated harbors in the United States, recently took a huge step forward, when the federal government began dredging 175,000 cubic yards of toxic mud from the bottom of the harbor, near Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Commission.
63rd Street Beach Cleanuphttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/63rd-beach.jpg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Chicago, Ill.: Restoring 21 acres of sand dunes and aquatic habitat on Chicago's 63rd Street Beach lured native plants and birds back to a beach that had once been covered with more trash than vegetation.
Cowles Bog Restorationhttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/CBWC_2009.compress_png1.jpg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Chesterton, Ind.: Removing invasive plant species and restoring the natural flow of water has restored natural functions and created new fish and wildlife habitat at the Cowles Bog wetland complex, a nationally recognized natural feature along the Lake Michigan coast, near Chicago.
Sheboygan River Cleanuphttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/IMG00095-20110726-1137.jpg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Sheboygan, Wis.: The Sheboygan River cleanup. The Sheboygan River was listed as one of the EPA's Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes until it was delisted in 2013. Photo courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Stryker Bay Cleanuphttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/DuluthNewTribune.StrykerBay2.jpg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Duluth, Minn.: Stryker Bay is a 41-acre bay in Duluth Harbor where the St. Louis River enters Lake Superior. Dredging contaminated sediments removed 200,000 yards of toxic mud, restoring the bay for fish and wildlife. Photo courtesy of the Duluth News-Tribune.
Blausey Tract Wetlandhttp://healthylakes.org/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/IMG_20130430_135630_038.jpg&w=550&h=345&q=100&a=t
Oak Harbor, Ohio: Nearly 200 acres of farmland along Lake Erie was transformed into wetland habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife. The project is restoring the natural flow of water through wetlands and into Lake Erie tributaries.
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