From 2009 through 2020, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has invested over $250 million in more than 400 projects in Ohio to restore habitat, fight invasive species, clean up toxic pollution, and reduce polluted runoff. Habitat protection for rare species, like the Lake Erie Watersnake, has led to their return. From Toledo to Cleveland to Ashtabula, toxic pollution in places like the Cuyahoga River is being cleaned up and contained, bringing people back to their waterfronts.
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.
Wetland Restoration Creating Urban Oasis for People, Wildlife
What was once a heavily commercialized site has now been restored to a natural state, with the entrenched creek liberated, native trees and shrubs planted, and a six-acre wetland created.