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Lake Erie is a precious resource for Ohioans. It provides us with a seemingly endless supply of our most fundamental need – water. The waters of Lake Erie have drawn people to Ohio as a recreational retreat, source of drinking water, mode of transit and shipping, and basis of livelihood.
GLRI funding is available to a wide variety of organizations. State, local, and special jurisdiction governments, tribes, non-profits, universities, and others can apply directly to USEPA and fifteen other federal agencies for funding for projects. To learn more about these funding opportunities visit these external websites:
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Links to each federal agency GLRI web page can be found in the right column of the home page under "GLRI Task Force". Key agencies include:
US EPA's GLRI Homepage
US Geological Survey GLRI Page
US Fish & Wildlife Service GLRI Page
NOAA's GLRI Page
US Dept. of Agriculture GLRI Page
USACE Role in GLRI (presentation - pdf)
FY14 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grant - Deadline 5 pm January 13, 2014
The Office of Coastal Management is soliciting applications for the FY14 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grant program. It is expected that $800,000 will be provided for this competition through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as anticipated in the President’s FY2014 Budget with an expected start date of October 1, 2014.
The purpose of this program is to provide grant funding support for public land acquisition projects that will contribute to the delisting of fish and wildlife habitat–related beneficial use impairments in Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC). The Ohio Coastal Management Program will forward the applications to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce for funding consideration.
The application template, NOAA Federal Funding Opportunity notice, and additional guidance are available on the Office of Coastal Management website.
The 2012 GLRI projects have been announced, see this PDF for the latest list.
Ohio's GLRI Funded Projects - 2013-1-17 Summary Sheet includes 2010 through 2012 projects (pdf)
Ohio's GLRI Funded Projects - 2011-12-12 Fact Sheet includes 2010 and 2011 projects (pdf)
Great Lakes Commission Fact Sheet - Ohio: Great Lakes Restoration at Work includes 2012 through 2012 projects and also federal projects (pdf)
Great Lakes Restoration - Habitat Projects is an online mapping tool that dynamically displays the locations and information about habitat restoration projects. Produced by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Great Lakes Commission.
NOAA Fisheries Announces Funding for Habitat Restoration in the Great Lakes
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) has announced roughly $15.8 million in funding for habitat restoration projects in degraded areas of the Great Lakes. The Howard Farms Habitat Restoration Project in the Maumee AOC, Toledo, OH ($1,350,000): Through a regional partnership with Ducks Unlimited, this project will restore coastal wetland habitat in Ohio’s western Lake Erie basin and is the largest farmland-to-coastal wetland restoration in the western Lake Erie watershed in many decades. This project will be funded over multiple years, and once fully implemented, at least 2,500 feet of natural stream channel and 980 acres of associated wetland and upland habitats will be restored to the historic Cedar Creek riverbed. More than 28 fish species will benefit from restoring and reconnecting these coastal marshes to Lake Erie.
NOAA has produced a fact sheet on the benefits of habitat restoration to fish communities. Information on the economic benefits of habitat restoration can be found at NOAA’s Restoration Jobs Portal or by watching the short video Habitat Restoration: An Economic Engine.
Want to know more about what projects are happening and where they are located?
A list of interactive mapping sites is available on the Synthesis Team Mapping page.
To go to the projects' own web sites, see the Synthesis Team Project Links Page.
Lake Erie Synthesis Team
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission, in partnership with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, has received funding for a project called the Lake Erie Synthesis Team. This project will summarize and synthesize results from all Lake Erie GLRI projects in order to better inform managers of cutting edge research results and give researchers better insight into management needs.
See the Lake Erie Synthesis Team page for more information on this project.
Toledo Harbor Sediment Management and Reuse Plan
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission, in partnership with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and Hull & Associates, has received funding for the Toledo Harbor Sediment Management and Reuse Plan. This planning project, guided by the Toledo Harbor Task Force, includes short and long term options to eliminate open water disposal, restore aquatic and upland habitat, and provide alternatives for the reuse of dredged material. This project is complete, but follow up activities to pilot test alternatives are continuing.
Learn more by visiting the Toledo Harbor page.
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