Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Federal program targeting the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem

The GLRI has enabled Ducks Unlimited to conserve habitat for wildlife and people.

The GLRI has enabled Ducks Unlimited to conserve habitat for wildlife and people.

The largest source of freshwater in the world, the Great Lakes provides drinking water for more than 30 million people the habitat for 3,500 species of ducks, fish and other wildlife. Since 2010 the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has funded projects that strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Human development has greatly impacted these waterways. Wetlands have disappeared, pollutants have destroyed drinking water sources and invasive species have choked out native plants and animals.

Ducks Unlimited uses GLRI funding to improve and protect Great Lakes wetland habitats, vital for wildlife habitat and water quality. Ducks Unlimited has conserved nearly 25,000 acres using GLRI funding. Congress appropriates funding each year to 16 federal agencies, which disburse the funding to organizations like Ducks Unlimited.

Explore this interactive map to learn about the nearly 80 Ducks Unlimited GLRI projects:


Download print version of map and projects

Economic impact of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Federal Great Lakes restoration investments are creating jobs, increasing tourism, boosting home values, and attracting and retaining young workers in communities around the region as part of a more than 3-to-1 return on investment, according to a new report by economists from University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, and Duke University. Read the report.

Support GLRI: Contact your legislators

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is vital to the health of waterways for people and wildlife. Contact your federal representative and senator and tell them to continue supporting funding the initiative.

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