Tuesday, April 13, 2010

HOW Coalition Launches GLRI Funding Assistance Program

Apr 6: The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition (HOW) launched a new program to help local conservation partners participate in the federal $475 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. HOW will be providing $200,000 to help groups jump-start restoration projects in five priority areas -- one on each of the Great Lakes. Jeff Skelding, HOW campaign director said, "Our top priority is to ensure that Great Lakes restoration succeeds. After decades of abuse, there is an enormous backlog of work that needs to be done. We're focusing our work on five priority areas where we believe we can make a difference for the Lakes and the

    Coalition grants to local conservation groups will help provide the tools, capacity and expertise to apply for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funds. The Federal initiative funds projects to clean up toxic pollution that threatens the health of people and wildlife; prevent and control invasive species that cost the region $200 million per year in damages and control costs; and restore wetlands that help improve water quality and provide the foundation for the region's outdoor recreation industry. The coalition will focus its efforts on 5 priority areas including: --Lake Superior: St Louis Bay and St. Louis River; --Lake Michigan: Chicagoland; --Lake Huron: Saginaw Bay; --Lake Erie: Western Lake Erie; and --Lake Ontario: Eastern Lake Ontario.
    Access a release and links to complete information (click here).