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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

Great Lakes

The President's 2010 Budget provided $475 million for a new interagency Great Lakes restoration initiative, which targets the most significant problems in the region, including invasive aquatic species (like zebra and quagga mussels), non-point source pollution, and contaminated sediment.

This initiative uses outcome-oriented performance goals and measures to target the most significant problems and track progress protecting, maintaining, and restoring the chemical, biological, and physical integrity of the Great Lakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) GLRI effort is being coordinated and managed by the USGS Midwest Area. A total of 25 USGS projects have been funded to support cross-disciplinary integrative science and collaboration with partners to provide resource managers with the information and decision-making tools they need to help restore the Great Lakes.

Point source pollution into the Great Lakes

Zebra and quagga musselsThe UMESC has four projects funded in this effort, including:

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