- Action Alert: Congress Works to Reinstate Clean Water Act Protections
- Restored creek curbs sediment load in Lake Erie
- Call for Proposals for First Collaborative Summit Meeting on Coastal Health
- Coalition Announces New Round of Grants of up to $15,000
- $6.6 Million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant Funding Awarded
- Aquatic Connectivity- Benefitting Streams and Communities (4)
- Asian Carp (14)
- Chemicals Policy in the Great Lakes (1)
- climate-change-and-the-Great-Lakes (3)
- Conference Updates (26)
- Conservation Results for Public-Private Partnerships (3)
- Creating a Paradigm Shift…Putting the Buffalo River First!! (1)
- Emerging Contaminant Threats and the Great Lakes (4)
- Fiscal Accountablity (1)
- Funding Opportunity (3)
- Getting Results: Implementing & Monitoring Habitat Restoration Projects (1)
- Gray and Green of CSO Control and Stormwater Management in Northeast Ohio (2)
- Great Lakes Congressional Watch (244)
- Great Lakes Days (3)
- Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (61)
- Great Waters (1)
- Green Returns on Blue Investments (2)
- In the News (44)
- Jobs & Economic Recovery (49)
- Keynote Speaker (2)
- Letters to the Hill (3)
- News & Events (44)
- Opening Remarks (1)
- Plastics in the Great Lakes (1)
- Policy (159)
- Areas of Concern (44)
- Asian Carp Barrier Act (21)
- Clean Water Act (3)
- Farm Bill (3)
- Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act (21)
- Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act (6)
- Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (16)
- Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (17)
- National Aquatic Invasive Species Act (5)
- Water Conservation (2)
- Presidential Candidate Forum (1)
- Press Releases (84)
- Reconnecting Lake Erie to the River Raisin (1)
- Reducing Vulnerability of Restoration Projects to Climate Change (2)
- Reports (19)
- Success Stories (91)
- Success Stories (18)
- Take Action (29)
- Testimony (1)
- Threats (117)
- Tools for Assessing Industrial Water Stewardship (1)
- Towards a Complete and Green Cleveland (1)
- Your Lake & You (10)
- Your Stories & Photos (14)
Efforts to restore the Great Lakes are already producing results in communities across the region — from Buffalo to Detroit, Chicago to Duluth, Minn.
Federal funds to restore the Great Lakes have helped:
• Clean up contamination such as PCBs and dioxin from the mouth of the Oswego River near Lake Ontario so that now the area is safe for fishing and swimming again;
• Fix outdated sewer systems in Duluth, Minn., to keep millions of gallons of sewage from entering Lake Superior every year; and
• Remove concrete and steel from the banks of the Detroit River and rebuilt wetlands, so that now mayflies, yellow perch, and lake sturgeon have returned to the river.
The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is chronicling Great Lakes restoration success stories. You can read them here.
The results are inspiring: Anglers and boaters can now be found in rivers that were once too polluted for human use; beaches that were closed due to bacterial pollution are now magnets for people on summer days; and businesses are opening on restored waterfronts in cities like Milwaukee, Wis.
Federal programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are benefitting people, communities and businesses. By cleaning up drinking water, putting people to work and improving the quality of life for millions of people, Great lakes restoration may be the best return on the federal dollar in the budget.
Need is Great
But there is still work to do.
• Aging sewers dump billions of gallons of sewage into the Lakes every year, closing beaches and threatening our health.
• Invasive species such as the zebra mussel and sea lamprey are harming the food web and commercial and sport fisheries—while new threats like the Asian carp continue to appear.
• Toxic pollutants remain in the mud along Great Lakes rivers and harbors of major cities throughout the region, posing risks to human health and wildlife and pushing down property values.
• Polluted run-off from farms and cities are harming water quality and contributing to the resurgence of toxic algae blooms.
If the nation cuts funding to Great Lakes programs now, it will only cost more later because all of these projects will only get harder and more expensive to solve the longer we wait.
The good news is that we have solutions. The nation needs to continue efforts to modernize sewage treatment, clean up polluted harbors, restore wetlands and prevent unwanted, new species from entering the Great Lakes.
Each of these steps is essential to restore the Lakes, protect our drinking water, safeguard public health, create jobs and uphold the quality of life for millions of people.
- Additional Resources:
Learn more about how Great Lakes restoration activities are benefitting communities by reading the following coalition reports.
- “Progress and Promise: 21 Stories that Showcase Successful Great Lakes Restoration Projects”
- Faces of Restoration: People Working to Restore the Great Lakes”
- Great Lakes Restoration: Delivering Results”
- Watch a video documenting a successful restoration project produced by coalition member Michigan United Conservation Clubs.
- EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Web site
Read the coalition’s letters urging Congress and the White House to uphold their commitment to the Great Lakes.
- The coalition is chronicling successful restoration projects. Read about them here.