The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the progress report for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for FY2012. The GLRI has been doing great work, although we know more work still needs to be done. The report can be found here.
Some highlights of note:
- At the half-way mark in the GLRI’s first five years (FY10-14), the agencies have met or exceeded more than half of the GLRI’s Measures of Progress (18 of 28 Measures).
- Since 2009, 21 Beneficial Use Impairments (benchmarks of degradation) have been removed at 12 Areas of Concern in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin with the help of GLRI funding, almost tripling the number of BUI removals over the previous 22 years.
- GLRI-funded projects have protected, restored, or enhanced approximately 100,000 acres of wetland, coastal, upland and island habitat.