Federal Programs are Helping Restore the Great Lakes

Federal investments are needed now more than ever, because local and state governments cannot confront these challenges alone. These threats are complex and span large geographies—often crossing state and even international boundaries—making the federal government a key partner in addressing them.

Agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and Great Lakes Fishery Commission are collaborating by bringing their combined expertise, tools, and resources to bear to increase our understanding of these threats and to implement solutions. Read more about the successes here.


But our work is not done. Until we put an end to drinking water restrictions, fish consumption advisories and beach closures, we have more work to do. Cutting federal funding now will only make projects more difficult and expensive the longer we wait.

The Plaster Creek watershed in Michigan has come together with the help of federal funds to protect a common shared resource. Photo courtesy of Gail Heffner.