Great Lakes Region

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Helps Catalyze Partnerships

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has helped support numerous on-the-ground restoration and land conservation successes to date, including several within NOAA’s Restoration Center (part of NOAA Fisheries) and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (part of the National Ocean Service).

Working with local partners, these offices have co-invested in the Muskegon Lake Area of Concern (AOC), bringing it closer to the goal of delisting. Land purchased with support from the Office for Coastal Management’s Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) and related Great Lakes AOC Land Acquisition Grants created the opportunity for restoration work funded by the Restoration Center’s Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program Project Grants. Together, these programs are helping to address Muskegon Lake’s habitat-related impairments.

Muskegon Lake AOC. Photo credit L. Mountz.

For example, a 39-acre former celery farm on Bear Creek was purchased with an AOC Land Acquisition grant to Muskegon County.  Now, wetlands and more than 2,000 linear feet of shoreline are being restored, and nearly 150,000 metric tons of fill and phosphorus-laden sediment has been removed from the site.

 Where can I learn more?
To learn about habitat restoration in the Great Lakes (and beyond), visit the Restoration Center’s Restoration Atlas and the program’s website.

To learn about Great Lakes coastal conservation, visit the Preserving the Pristine, a new story map; for details about the FY’17 funding competition (open until Oct., 26, 2016) and more general information about CELCP, visit the program’s website.

Resources:

Press Release

Bear Creek Restoration Project Webpage on West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission’s website

Bear Creek Restoration Project Fact Sheet

Muskegon Lake Habitat Focus Area Website (a cross-NOAA collaboration)

Muskegon Lake Habitat Focus Area Website Fact Sheet

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