Current and Past Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Projects

Since 2010, the NOAA Restoration Center has supported more than 70 projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. These projects have restored more than 4,500 acres of habitat and opened almost 500 miles of stream for fish to access their habitat. Many of these projects improve toxic “hotspots” (known as Areas of Concern), which are the most degraded areas in the Great Lakes basin. Our goal is to improve these areas and ultimately contribute to their removal from the list of Areas of Concern. With GLRI funding, the NOAA Restoration Center also provides technical and financial assistance for high-priority habitat restoration activities benefiting native fish outside of Areas of Concern.