Great Lakes Commission launches restoration database

This map shows each project in the database showcasing Great Lakes Restoration Database

This map shows each project in the Great Lakes Restoration Database

You can now track progress on restoring the Great Lakes at a new database provided by the Great Lakes Commission.

It focuses on conservation plans implemented by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative over the past three years, and includes several projects in each of the eight Great Lakes states.

The initiative, which is managed by the Environmental Protection Agency, has received more than $220 million since 2010 for wildlife restoration. It has led to hundreds of different environmental endeavors ranging from turtle protection research in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to a dam removal in eastern New York.

The database contains fact sheets on all work from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. They list a project summary, sponsoring agency, grant amount and precise location of the efforts to preserve the Great Lakes watershed.

Having a single website that aggregates all this information will be useful to track the projects, Heather Braun, the Great Lakes Commission’s project manager, said in a news release

The Ann Arbor-based commission is a regional coalition of Great Lakes states.

“There was a need to provide more detailed information on its goals, objectives, locations and recipient organizations,” Braun said in the release. “The new website is intended to be dynamic and we encourage grant recipients to contact us to ensure projects are accurately reflected.”

Check out the newly launched database here.