Great Lakes Restoration and Protection Priorities: An Overview of Programs, Funding Streams and Critical Gaps Prepared for the Council of Great Lakes Governors is a report prepared for the Council of Great Lakes Governors by Policy Solutions, Ltd. that organizes restoration funding streams by the restoration priorities identified by the Governors. An excerpt appears below, but the report can be viewed in full by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
“This report provides an overview of current Great Lakes programs and funding streams directed toward restoration and protection of the Great Lakes. These funding streams are organized by Priority as set forth in the nine Restoration and Protection Priorities adopted by the Great Lakes Governors in their October 1, 2003 letter. This report also identifies potential revenue streams for Great Lakes restoration and protection needs, as well as critical program and revenue gaps that challenge restoration and protection needs.
The purpose of the report is to assist the Great Lakes Governors in providing focus and coordination to promote the restoration and protection priorities. The report is also meant to document the commitment of State resources to restoring and protecting the Great Lakes. The quality of life in the Great Lakes region depends on the quality of the Great Lakes themselves. The Great Lakes support a tremendous amount of biological diversity. They also support a number of activities and uses, including drinking water, tourism, commerce, recreation, and economic development. While a substantial number of restoration efforts are underway throughout the region, the Great Lakes could be better served through better coordination among federal, State, local and bi-national policies and programs that serve these many uses. The current imperfect coordination often results in inefficient duplication of efforts, missed opportunities, and lack of synergy among the many programs and agencies attempting to promote the health and prosperity of the Great Lakes community.
By organizing a comprehensive strategy around nine clear restoration and protection Priorities, the Great Lakes Governors have undertaken a critical first step in efforts to bring coherence, efficiency and coordination to the multiple programs and government agencies addressing the Great Lakes.”