From 2009 through 2020, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has invested over $150 million in more than 200 projects in Indiana to restore habitat, fight invasive species, clean up toxic pollution, and reduce polluted runoff. Formerly industrialized sites near the Grand Calumet River are being reclaimed as green spaces. Rare marsh habitat in the Roxana Marsh is being protected. And polluted beaches on Lake Michigan are being restored for swimming once more.
Let your members of congress know they should take action to protect the Great Lakes! Contact your senators and representative and tell them:
- The Great Lakes are our most important source of fresh water, providing drinking water to 30 million people. We must continue our efforts to clean and restore them.
- Although we have made progress the lakes still face serious threats.
- We can’t afford to stop now. These projects to clean up our lakes will only get harder and more expensive the longer we wait.
Naturalizing a Stormwater Retention Basin Improves Water Quality
Retrofitting and naturalizing a retention basin in Indiana improved water quality by filtering out sediments and pollutants from stormwater, decreasing the harmful impact of storms, and improving aquatic wildlife habitats.