Detroit Proving to be a Leader in Great Lakes Restoration

The Detroit River and Detroit’s skyline (Photo by Detroit Riverkeeper Robert Burns)

Detroit is the place to be this week, and not just because the Detroit Tigers are battling for a spot in the World Series and the Red Wings are hosting their first home game of the season. The first ever Great Lakes Week is also taking place this week in the Motor City.

It is fitting that this monumental event — which will feature the annual meetings of several Great Lakes organizations, including the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition’s 7th annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference — is taking place in Detroit.

The city best known for churning out cars and rock stars is gaining a reputation as a national leader in ecosystem restoration. We’re highlighting a few of Detroit’s Great Lakes restoration success stories on our site.
In the coming months, the coalition will release a larger report about Great Lakes restoration projects that are improving the lives of Detroit residents and bolstering efforts to revitalize the city’s economy.

Detroit’s budding environmental renaissance is proof that federal environmental programs — such as the Great Lakes Legacy Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — deliver results and can bring about profound changes in distressed communities.

We’ve been following the effort to restore the Great Lakes and have been chronicling successful restoration projects from across the region.

You can read about them here.

Or, contact us if you have a restoration story you’d like to share.

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