$475 Million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in President's FY2010 Budget
Written by Greg Houtteman   
Friday, 08 May 2009 12:28
The President's 2010 Budget Outline provides $475 million in the Environmental Protection Agency's budget for a new EPA-led, interagency Great Lakes restoration initiative, which will target the most significant problems in the region, including invasive aquatic species, non-point source pollution, and contaminated sediment.

This initiative will use outcome-oriented performance goals and measures to target the most significant problems and track progress in addressing them. EPA and its Federal partners will coordinate State, tribal, local, and industry actions to protect, maintain, and restore the chemical, biological, and physical integrity of the Great Lakes.

The Initiative builds upon 5 years of work of the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force (IATF) and stakeholders, guided by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy. The IATF includes 11 cabinet and agency organizations, including: EPA, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Departments of State, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Homeland Security, Army, and Health and Human Services.

To jump-start the Initiative, the IATF has developed a Plan for the proposed $475 million budget, including over $250 million in grants and project agreements and jump-starting achievement of long term goals: safely eating the fish and swimming at our beaches, assuring safe drinking water, and providing a healthy ecosystem for fish and wildlife.  A companion Agency Actions document describes proposed accomplishments for each Agency pursuant to the Initiative.

Early in the summer of 2009, one or more Requests for Proposals will be announced for competitive grants advancing the Initiative, in order that some grants may be issued as early as December, 2009. Throughout the summer of 2009, the Interagency Task Force will work to develop a Great Lakes Restoration Plan for 2011 and beyond.

To be added to a listserv which will provide updates on funding information, including funding information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, we request that you register at http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/maillist/index.html For additional information, see the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative website (http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/glri), or contact Michael Russ (312-886-4013 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Tony Kizlauskas (312-353-8773 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) of EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office.
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