Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Interactive Map Of Great Lakes Restoration Work

Apr 9: The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has unveiled a new interactive map showcasing nearly 1,000 restoration projects being implemented under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The site, available on the GLC website includes map overlays of Congressional districts, and state and county boundaries. The website showcases GLRI restoration projects funded in fiscal years 2010-2012, with an emphasis on "on-the-ground" actions. The project table is fully searchable and can be sorted by title, lead agency, state and other parameters. When users click on a project in the table the map zooms into the site.

    When county or congressional district boundaries are turned on, the map shows what county a project is located in or which Member of Congress represents the district and the percentage of the district that lies within the Great Lakes Basin. The project table "disaggregates" programs to show separate on-the-ground projects, versus showing a grant program managed by an agency or organization. For example, the map shows separate contaminated sediment cleanups implemented under the Great Lakes Legacy Act program.

    The website emphasizes on-the-ground actions and does not include some projects focused on research, monitoring, public education and other broad-scale activities not focused on a specific site. The project locations may represent a specific site or the watershed in which restoration work is being conducted. In some cases the site is the
location of the lead agency. The Commission has also produced state-specific factsheets showcasing how the GLRI is benefiting each of the eight Great Lakes states.
    Access a release from GLC with more information with links to more information (click here). Access the interactive map (click here). [GLakes]
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