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December 2009
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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funded
for FY 2010

In a significant step toward the restoration and protection of Lake Erie, President Obama signed legislation that authorized $475 million for fiscal year 2010. Ed Hammett, executive director of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, explained the significance of the legislation in a letter to agencies concerned with the Great Lakes.

“These funds respond to a plan of action prepared by the Great Lakes States and its citizens in cooperation with 16 federal agencies known as the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy. This strategy achieved Great Lakes wide agreement on what needs to be done to restore the Great Lakes and President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provides funding to implement these plans.”

Kurt Erichsen, TMACOG vice president of Environmental Planning, was part of the 2005 collaboration that designed the strategy. He served on a committee addressing contaminated sediment.

Mr. Hammett continued: “ Projects and plans have previously been developed by Ohio and cooperating organizations. The Lake Erie Protection and Restoration Plan, Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP), the Remedial Action Plans for the Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Black, and Lower Maumee Rivers as well as other watershed and basin-wide plans have provided a list of programs and projects that reflect the needs of Lake Erie as developed with significant citizen input. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative can provide significant funding to implement these plans.”

A website for the Ohio GLRI projects has been opened at lakeerie.ohio.gov/GLRI/ASPX. A fact sheet, project list, and additional details will be posted to this website to provide an opportunity to keep the materials current and up-to-date.


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