Great Lakes Restoration At Work

Welcome to the Great Lakes Restoration Database!

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is improving habitat for fish, wildlife and people in communities across the eight-state Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes Restoration Database (GLRD) showcases projects implemented under the Initiative’s Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration Focus Area in Fiscal Years 2010-2012 to increase awareness and improve communication on accomplishments in this important component of the restoration program. The GLRD is a searchable database that enables users to search for projects using a variety of queries, including a key word search. A fact sheet can be generated for each project to provide more detailed information on its goals, objectives, location, recipient organization and contact. For more information on the GLRI visit www.glri.us.

Why was it created?

The GLRI is the largest federal investment in Great Lakes restoration and conservation in two decades. Begun in 2010, the Initiative awarded over $220 million in its first three years for habitat and wildlife restoration and protection across the eight Great Lakes states. Hundreds of organizations are implementing projects to advance the restoration goals of the GLRI and to rehabilitate and conserve fish and wildlife resources that are important ecological and economic assets for local communities. The GLRD was developed to promote this good work, improve communication and showcase for elected officials and citizens how their tax dollars are being put to work under the GLRI. The GLRD was funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and created by the Great Lakes Commission with assistance from a network of federal, state and local agency partners. Currently, the database includes only projects funded under the GLRI focus area for habitat and wildlife. Other focus areas may also support habitat-related projects (such as removal of aquatic invasive species or restoration of degraded habitat in Areas of Concern), but are not reflected in the database at this time.

Key Features of the GLRD

  • Includes projects funded under the GLRI’s Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration Focus Area in fiscal years 2010, 2011 and 2012;
  • Provides detailed project descriptions, objectives, habitat restoration metrics, and contact information for recipient organizations formatted as printable fact sheets;
  • Provides an interactive map to assist with project location;
  • Allows users to search by keyword, state, funding agency, and one or more habitat metrics.

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Did we miss a project or present incomplete information? We want to know about it! If you notice something is wrong, missing, or you have additional information on a project, please e-mail us so we can fix it.


Project Title Recipient OrganizationGLRI Award Funding AgencyProject MetricsState

For additional background on the GLRI and specific projects, go to http://www.glri.us.

  1. About the Site

    The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is generating site-specific improvements for communities across the region. This webpage showcases site-specific GLRI restoration projects funded in Fiscal Years 2010-2012. The site emphasizes on-the-ground actions and does not include some projects involving 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.

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  1. About the Site

    The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is generating site-specific improvements for communities across the region. This webpage showcases site-specific GLRI restoration projects funded in Fiscal Years 2010-2012. The site emphasizes on-the-ground actions and does not include some projects involving 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.

  2. GLRI Project Locations

    Click on a marker to see project information.

  3. Select a Boundary Layer

    Once the layer is turned on, click on the map to see boundary information.

  4. Select a State

    The table will be filtered and the map will center on the state's projects.

  5. Search Bar

    Type in keywords to search the table.

  6. GLRI Projects Table

    Click on a project in the table to center the map on the project.