The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition today announced $115,000 in grants that will be awarded to nine organizations poised to jump-start restoration projects on four of the five Great Lakes. The coalition grants will help conservation organizations participate in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a federal program to clean up toxic pollution, confront aquatic invasive species and restore habitat and wetlands.
One organization funded by the coalition last year—the Alliance for the Great Lakes—leveraged a $15,000 grant into a recently announced $150,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative award to improve 28 acres of habitat along Lake Michigan in northeastern Illinois.
”We’re excited to be working with local groups to continue progress on Great Lakes restoration,” said Jeff Skelding, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “Restoration projects produce results—but there is more work to do. These grants will address a variety of issues that are important to the health of the Great Lakes and economy.”