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Great Lakes Region

The Great Lakes are one of our most important natural resources—they are the largest freshwater system on earth. They are also an important economic resource, supporting industry, commercial and recreational fishing, and tourism. However, the Great Lakes face many threats including invasive species, oil spills and other pollution, overfishing, and habitat degradation.

What We Do

The Restoration Center’s work in the region is primarily focused on implementing habitat restoration projects that will help improve “toxic hotspots”—known as Areas of Concern—within the Great Lakes basin. Much of this work is supported through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and aims to improve fish passage, clean up debris, restore coastal wetlands, and remove invasive species. The Restoration Center also works to protect and restore Great Lakes coastal habitats that have been negatively affected by oil and chemical spills.

The Restoration Center maintains strong working relationships in the Great Lakes region with a number of non-profit organizations and governmental entities including the Great Lakes Commission, Ducks Unlimited, and Friends of the Detroit River. Through these partnerships, we assist with restoration project design and engineering, on-the-ground restoration, and project evaluation to inform future restoration efforts.