The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding and allocations, has extended the public comment  period for their Environmental Justice Strategy, EJ 2020. You can read the proposed strategy here. The public comment period is now open through July 28 and feedback can be submitted to the EJ Strategy email account at:

In an EPA blog, the strategy is described as building “on Plan EJ 2014, as well as decades of significant environmental justice practice within communities and among our governmental partners and stakeholders, we have crafted a strategy that envisions an EPA that integrates environmental justice into everything we do, cultivates strong partnerships to improve on-the-ground results, and charts a path forward for achieving better environmental outcomes and reducing disparities in the nation’s most overburdened communities.”

There are three overarching goals of the plan, each of which, if done well, have the potential to improve the quality of life for folks in the Great Lakes region:

  1. Deepen environmental justice practice in EPA’s programs to improve the health and environment of overburdened communities;
  2. Work with partners to expand our positive impact in overburdened communities; and
  3. Demonstrate progress on significant national environmental justice challenges.