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about Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and their watersheds.
Wisconsin´s Great Lakes from invasive species and pollution.

Clean dredged sediment is being used to restore Cat Island in Green Bay. Triple benefits of the project are an improved shipping lane, lower cost storage of dredged material, and habitat restoration for many species including the endangered piping plover.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is a federal program that provides unprecedented funding for protection and restoration efforts on the five Great Lakes. State and local governments and non–profit organizations are eligible to receive grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for projects addressing toxic substances, invasive species, non–point source pollution, habitat protection and restoration or accountability, monitoring, evaluation, communication and partnership building. The EPA has awarded nearly $39 million in GLRI funds to more than 60 protection and restoration projects in Wisconsin.

Recent GLRI–funded projects in Wisconsin

In 2011, the U.S. EPA awarded eight Wisconsin organizations and agencies $3,754,554 in grants under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Wisconsin DNR is committed to working together with our partners to restore and protect our Great Lakes. The GLRI funding for these projects will provide significant support to these efforts, and help move us closer to achieving our goals.

The projects funded in 2011:

  • $85,733 – UW–Milwaukee (Stormwater Management at UW–Milwaukee Power Plant)
  • $385,307 – WDNR (Reducing Invasive Plant Species in Trade in Great Lakes Water Bodies)
  • $286,843 – WDNR (Red Swamp Crayfish Prevention, Containment and Eradication)
  • $1,073,630 – UW–Oshkosh (Implementation Mitigation Strategies at Wisconsin Beaches)
  • $300,000 – Northland College (A Targeted Landowner Approach to Watershed Protection)
  • $173,000 – Northland College (Lake Superior Binational Forum Lakewide Management Plan Implementation)
  • $702,300 – Door County Soil and Water Conservation District (Implementation of Beach Management Practices to Improve Water Quality)
  • $747,741 – Outagamie County Land Conservation Department (Plum and Kankapot Creeks Riparian Protection)

Click here for additional details about the grant awards [PDF].

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Areas of Concern

Contact information
For information, please contact:
Steve Galarneau
Office of Great Waters
Last revised: Thursday July 06 2017