Current and Past Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Projects

Since 2010, NOAA has worked with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to implement habitat restoration. These projects improve toxic “hotspots” (known as Areas of Concern), which are the most degraded areas in the Great Lakes basin. NOAA has supported more than 50 projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. These projects have restored more than 3,500 acres of habitat and opened almost 500 miles of stream for fish to access their habitat. Our goal is to improve these areas and ultimately remove them from our priority list.