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Habitat Restoration in the Great Lakes: By the Numbers

NOAA’s habitat restoration work in the Great Lakes strengthens healthy fisheries and ecosystems, benefits local economies, and supports resilient communities.
March 04, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of a large forested island in the middle of a river Aerial view of Belle Isle in the Detroit River. (Photo: Friends of the Detroit River)

Ox Creek Restoration Key to Environmental Justice in Benton Harbor, Michigan

To revitalize Benton Harbor, NOAA is helping to restore an urban waterway damaged by decades of industrial pollution, storm water runoff, and neglect.
January 11, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Project partners, Benton Harbor city officials, and residents celebrate the Ox Creek restoration efforts (Photo: Zaire Williams/Benton Spirit News) Project partners, Benton Harbor city officials, and residents celebrate the Ox Creek restoration efforts (Photo: Zaire Williams/Benton Spirit News)

$3.2 Million Recommended for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

Funding for two ongoing and two new cooperative agreements will support habitat restoration efforts that strengthen Great Lakes fisheries, ecosystems, and communities.
July 26, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Four people in two red canoes paddle through a wetland Visitors paddle through a portion of Howard Marsh, the site of a NOAA-supported habitat restoration project in Ohio. Credit: Metroparks Toledo.

Habitat Restoration Project Supports Fisheries, Improve Recreation along Cuyahoga River

A NOAA-supported project in Akron, Ohio, restored nearly 60 acres of habitat for fish as part of an effort to transform the site of a former golf course.
September 27, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Trees and other vegetation line the banks of a winding river A restored portion of the Cuyahoga River at the Valley View portion of Cascade Valley Metro Park. Credit: Summit Metro Parks.

Brandenburg Park Habitat Restoration

NOAA worked with the Great Lakes Commission to restore the natural shoreline and improve community access to the waterfront along Lake St. Clair in Michigan.
June 16, 2022 - Video ,
Shoreline with newly planted vegetation Restored shoreline along Lake St. Clair at Brandenburg Park. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Muskegon Lake Nears Recovery After Years of Restoration

Through a multi-year partnership with the Great Lakes Commission, NOAA has helped restore what was once one of the Great Lakes region’s most degraded areas.
May 20, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of restored wetlands The Bear Creek project site, post-restoration. Credit: Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership.

Powderhorn Lake Habitat Restoration

NOAA and partners are working through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to restore wetlands and improve fish passage at Powderhorn Lake in Illinois.
March 31, 2022 - Video ,
Aerial view of a lake surrounded by wetlands, with a city in the background Powderhorn Lake. Credit: Luke Franke.

Kids Creek Project Restores Habitat and Food Sources for Great Lakes Fish

A NOAA-supported project in Traverse City, Michigan, is helping enhance habitat and food sources for fish like brook trout.
January 04, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Construction workers set up a large concrete structure to move it into a stream Culvert replacement underway on Kids Creek. Credit: Zach Cole/City of Traverse City.

$10 Million Available for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

NOAA is seeking proposals for new 2022 grant awards that will restore habitat for Great Lakes fisheries, helping to support local ecosystems, economies, and communities.
November 05, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Aerial image of a river with a road spanning across it and a boat in the background Aerial view of the Little Rapids restoration project site on the St. Marys River in Michigan. Credit: Jim Lehocky.