Read the Environmental Protection Agency’s five-year plan to restore the Great Lakes
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Months after President Donald Trump reversed course on plans to eviscerate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released a five-year plan to protect and restore its ecosystem.
The plan calls for monitoring and containing invasive species like Asian carp that threaten the Great Lakes ecosystem, containing agricultural runoff that’s caused harmful algal blooms, and cleaning up polluted water bodies including Ohio’s Cuyahoga and Maumee rivers.
The plan says it aims to help federal agencies “continue to identify and implement the programs and projects that will best advance progress toward achieving long-term Great Lakes goals in partnership with states, tribes, and other nonfederal stakeholders,” helping them work together to “effectively and efficiently move toward achieving those goals, maintaining the progress that has been made, and communicating results.”
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who unveiled the plan during a visit to Michigan, said its cleanup efforts would fuel local and regional economies and community revitalization efforts along the Great Lakes. He said the more than $2.4 billion from the Great Lakes Restoration initiative has so far funded more than 4,000 restoration projects.