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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan FY 2010 — FY 2014

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan FY 2010 — FY 2014

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DRAFT September 2009
White House Council on Environmental QualityU.S. Department of AgricultureU.S. Department of CommerceU.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development U.S. Department of StateU.S. Department of the ArmyU.S. Department of the InteriorU.S. Department of TransportationU.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Action Plan
FY2010 – FY2014
 
February 21, 2010
 
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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
 
Action Plan 2/21/2010
 
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
 
Action Plan
 
Table of Contents
 
Executive Summary..................................................................................................................................3A National Treasure..................................................................................................................................6The Great Lakes Restoration Challenge...................................................................................................7What is “Restoration”?.............................................................................................................................8Taking On the Challenge: The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative...........................................................9The Path Forward: The Action Plan.......................................................................................................10Plan Overview.......................................................................................................................................10Building on Past Progress, Integrating with Current Programs............................................................11Federal Integration and Coordination...................................................................................................13Implementing the Action Plan................................................................................................................13Tracking Progress and Using the Best Available Science....................................................................13Project Selection...................................................................................................................................14Funding and Grants Cycle....................................................................................................................15Focus Areas.............................................................................................................................................16Focus Area 1: Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern.......................................................................17Problem Statement.............................................................................................................................17Long Term Goals...............................................................................................................................18Objectives..........................................................................................................................................19Measures of Progress.........................................................................................................................19Principal Actions to Achieve Progress..............................................................................................20Focus Area 2: Invasive Species............................................................................................................22Problem Statement.............................................................................................................................22Long Term Goals...............................................................................................................................22Objectives..........................................................................................................................................23Measures of Progress.........................................................................................................................24Principal Actions to Achieve Progress..............................................................................................24Focus Area 3: Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution........................................................26Problem Statement.............................................................................................................................26Long Term Goals...............................................................................................................................27Objectives..........................................................................................................................................28Measures of Progress.........................................................................................................................29Principal Actions to Achieve Progress..............................................................................................30Focus Area 4: Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration...........................................................31Problem Statement.............................................................................................................................31Long Term Goals...............................................................................................................................31Objectives..........................................................................................................................................31Measures of Progress.........................................................................................................................32Principal Actions to Achieve Progress..............................................................................................33Focus Area 5: Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication
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Partnerships35Problem Statement.............................................................................................................................35Long Term Goals...............................................................................................................................36Objectives..........................................................................................................................................37Measures of Progress.........................................................................................................................38Principal Actions to Achieve Progress..............................................................................................38Conclusion..............................................................................................................................................40
 
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Action Plan 2/21/2010
 
Executive Summary
The lands and waters of the Great Lakes are like no other place. In a world where fresh surface water isincreasingly in demand, the region contains some 20 percent of it. At a time when people are not looking as muchto faraway places for respite, the Great Lakes offer some of the most majestic natural shorescapes on the planet toaccommodate them. As a result, people are reconnecting to their beaches, wide-open waters, petroglyphed bluffs,dune ranges and tumbling tributaries like never before. Likewise, these same resources have served as the rawmaterial to build some of the Earth’s most legendary cities, create jobs to support families, and contribute to thelargest economy in the history of the world.Still, our expectation that the Great Lakes will continue to meet these needs has resulted in lost flora, fauna, soil,and air and water quality to the point where the ecosystem is showing signs of severe stress and its ability to keepup with these demands is in doubt.While in the past we have worked to minimize harm, public demand for a new standard of care is surging. Thatstandard of care is that
we must leave the Great Lakes better for the next generation than the condition in whichwe inherited them
. We must continue to go beyond minimizing harm to proactively rehabilitating the Great Lakes.Only then will they be able to keep providing jobs, recreation and sanctuary.
The Great Lakes states and the Great Lakes Basin boundary.

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