Great Lakes Program

To restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem.

The Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO), in concert with EPA Regions 2, 3, and 5, leads a consortium of programs, agencies, and public and private institutions in attaining specific

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objectives and actions that will reduce contaminants, restore habitat, and protect the living resources of the basin.

EPA and its partners will use the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration's strategy as a guide in activities supporting the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement goal of restoring the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem.

See http://www.glrc.us/strategy.html.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: (1) Remediation of contaminated sediments, including (a) sediment assessments; (b) evaluations of remedial alternatives; and (c) source identification/source control.

(2) Pollution prevention, reduction, or elimination with an emphasis on substances which are persistent and toxic, especially those which bioaccumulate, in the Great Lakes basin.

(3) Habitat (Ecological) Protection and Restoration, including demonstration of practices and tools for protecting and restoring aquatic, terrestrial, and wetland ecosystems.

(4) Invasive (non-indigenous) aquatic and terrestrial species in the Great Lakes Basin, with an emphasis on prevention.

(5) Strategic or emerging issues of basin-wide importance, including projects which: address assessment, causes, and/or effects of chemical or biological pollutants not in the regulatory mainstream; cut across or overlap two or more of the foregoing areas; support conferences regarding the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement; address issues pursuant to the Great Lakes Executive Order or the Regional Collaboration; or address some other unanticipated area.

(6) Lakewide Management Plan and Remedial Action Plan implementation and development, including de-listing of Areas of Concern and Beneficial Use Impairments.

(7) Environmental protections related to Lake St.

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(8) Strategic Human Health issues.

(9) Various aspects of Great Lakes monitoring including fish contaminants, atmospheric deposition, biology, and open water toxics.

(10) Projects addressing contaminated sediments in Areas of Concern pursuant to the Great Lakes Legacy Act.

Under the Legacy Act, EPA typically funds large projects in Areas of Concern using Project Agreements (not grants) and requiring a minimum 35 percent non-federal match.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2009: (1) Remediation of contaminated sediments, including (a) sediment assessments; (b) evaluations of remedial alternatives; and (c) source identification/source control.

(2) Pollution prevention, reduction, or elimination with an emphasis on substances which are persistent and toxic, especially those which bioaccumulate, in the Great Lakes basin.

(3) Habitat (Ecological) Protection and Restoration, including demonstration of practices and tools for protecting and restoring aquatic, terrestrial, and wetland ecosystems.

(4) Invasive (non-indigenous) aquatic and terrestrial species in the Great Lakes Basin, with an emphasis on prevention.

(5) Strategic or emerging issues of basin-wide importance, including projects which: address assessment, causes, and/or effects of chemical or biological pollutants not in the regulatory mainstream; cut across or overlap two or more of the foregoing areas; support conferences regarding the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement; address issues pursuant to the Great Lakes Executive Order or the Regional Collaboration; or address some other unanticipated area.

(6) Lakewide Management Plan and Remedial Action Plan implementation and development, including de-listing of Areas of Concern and Beneficial Use Impairments.

(7) Environmental protection related to Lake St.

Clair.

(8) Strategic Human Health issues.

(9) Various aspects of Great Lakes monitoring including fishcontaminants, atmospheric deposition, biology, and open water toxics.

(10) Projects addressing contaminated sediments in Areas of Concern pursuant to the Great Lakes Legacy Act.

Under the Legacy Act, EPA typically funds large projects in Areas of Concern using Project Agreements (not grants) and requiring a minimum 35 percent nonfederal match.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Grants and cooperative agreements awarded to States, local governments, and nonprofit organizations for contaminated sediment assessment and remediation, pollution prevention and reduction, ecological (habitat) protection and restoration, invasive species, indicator development, strategic and emerging issues, assessment pursuant to the Lake Michigan Mass Balance Study, contaminant monitoring of Lake and tributary waters and biota, and information management projects.

Individual project summaries are available from http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/.


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - Mike Russ, EPA, Great Lakes National Program Office (G-17J), 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604-3590.

Telephone: (312) 886-4013; Fax: (312) 353-2018; E-mail: russ.michael@epa.gov.

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