Monday, June 29, 2009

More Details On $475 Million Great Lakes Restoration

Jun 25: The President's 2010 Budget provides $475 million in EPA's budget for a new U.S. EPA-led, interagency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), is now making it way through Congress. The Initiative will target the most significant problems in the region, including invasive aquatic species, non-point source pollution, and contaminated sediment. Detailed EPA FY10 Budget documents, released in May, provided significant information on the plans for the FY 2010 $475 million in the proposed Administration budget [See WIMS 5/11/09]; however, the Initiative recently posted an additional 28-page document entitled, 2010 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Summary of Proposed Programs and Projects Sorted by Focus Area.

According to the document, to provide additional transparency regarding the Initiative, the Interagency Task Force has developed the document to provide a greater level of detail regarding the programs and projects proposed to be funded through the GLRI. The report provides summaries of each of the programs and projects proposed to be funded through the Initiative, if it is funded at the proposed level of $475 million. The summaries are organized by Focus Area and the Department or Agency that will lead the effort described.

Access the new document (
click here). Access the GLRI website for links to all documents and related information (click here).