Monday, May 11, 2009

More Details For $475 Million FY10 Great Lakes Restoration

May 11: Detailed EPA FY10 Budget documents have provided more information on the plans for the FY 2010 $475 million in the proposed Administration budget. As the lead agency for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. EPA has worked closely with the members of the Interagency Task Force to develop a provisional funding plan for 2010. Some details of the plan may change as EPA works with Federal partners to further refine 2010 activities; the summary below represents the latest plans as of the time this document went to press. Upon receiving the FY2010 appropriation for the Initiative, EPA will determine final funding targets and will develop a final 2010 funding plan, including grant programs, to present to the EPA Administrator. The Administrator, in consultation with the members of the Interagency Task Force, will select the programs and projects for funding and EPA will transfer the funds.

Some major activities proposed include: EPA will issue grants to states and other stakeholders to fund projects in the AOCs to restore beneficial uses. Through the Legacy Act, four to six sediment remediation projects will commence. EPA will award grants to states, tribes, and local governments to collect up to 10 million pounds of e-waste, 10 million pills of unwanted medicines, and 1 million pounds of hazardous waste, including mercury, PCBs, and unused pesticides. EPA will award grants and support contracts to define the extent of mercury and/or PCB contamination in 400 impaired Great Lakes subwatersheds and identify potential sources of mercury and/or PCB pollution in 400 impaired Great Lakes subwatersheds. EPA in cooperation with various federal agencies will establish an early warning system to detect new toxic threats to the Great Lakes utilizing enhanced monitoring programs for Great Lakes fish, birds, mussels, and human biomonitoring, as well as sediments, tributary source loads, and air deposition studies.

Principal actions proposed to prevent new introductions of non-native invasive species in the Great Lakes basin and stop the further spread of invasives in the Great Lakes basin include development of up to six ballast water sampling and treatment systems for use in fresh water ecosystems by supporting the use of laboratory, land-based, and ship-board testing and coordination with the maritime industry. Agencies will develop and begin implementation of coordinated monitoring surveys to detect new invaders in Great Lakes locations that have a high probability of invasion. Additional work will include enhanced education and outreach to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. Other projects are detailed including: Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution; Habitat and Wildlife Protection; Accountability, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication, and Partnerships.

Access the detailed plans and budget allocation tables in EPA's FY10 Congressional Justification document on Environmental Programs and Plans (
click here, beginning p. 113 of 319). Access links to other CJ documents (click here).