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Title: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative


1
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
2
Presentation Overview
Todays Topics
  • Significance of the Resource
  • The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
  • FY 2010 Funding Plan and Implementation Process
  • Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
    Outline
  • Feedback and Discussion

3
Significance of the Resource
4
Significance of the Resource
Natural Features
  • Contain 20 percent of worlds fresh surface water
  • Span more than 750 miles west to east, 10,000
    mile coastline
  • Unique natural resources sand dunes, coastal
    wetlands, 20,000 islands, rocky shorelines,
    prairies, savannas, alvars, and forests
    containing remarkable plant and animal
    communities.

5
Significance of the Resource
Economic Importance
  • In the Great Lakes Basin
  • 20 of all U.S. timberland
  • 20 of all U.S. manufacturing
  • 4.5 billion commercial/recreational fishing
    industry
  • Recreational boating 9.4 billion 60,000 jobs
  • In the eight Great Lakes States
  • One-third of all U.S. registered recreational
    boats
  • Generate 18 billion/year in revenue from
    hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching
  • The Great Lakes States
  • Make up the worlds third largest economy (after
    the U.S. and Japan)
  • Would be the eleventh largest country in the
    world

6
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
7
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Major Themes February 26, 2009
  • Target most significant Great Lakes issues
  • Results- and action-oriented
  • Fully engage Great Lakes community as
    implementation partners
  • Transparency and accountability

8
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Qualifiers
  • Represents new resources for federal agencies
    with the exception of 61 million for
    continuation of EPAs existing Great Lakes budget
  • Should not supplant existing resources
  • Funding not to be used for traditional water
    infrastructure projects otherwise covered by
    State Revolving Funds

9
FY 2010 Funding Plan and Implementation Process
10
FY 2010 Funding Plan and Implementation Process
Coordinated Multi-Agency Plan to Achieve Goals
and Objectives
  • Programs and actions identified for 16 federal
    agencies
  • Based on the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration
    Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes

11
FY 2010 Funding Plan and Implementation Process
Five Focus Areas
  • Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern
  • Invasive Species
  • Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution
  • Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration
  • Accountability, Monitoring, Evaluation,
    Communication, and Partnerships

12
Implementation Basics
FY 2010 Funding Plan and Implementation Process
  • 475 million proposed for EPA FY 2010 Budget
  • EPA provides funds to other federal agencies
    through Interagency Agreements to address the
    most significant Great Lakes problems
  • Federal agencies fund States, Tribes, Cities, and
    Local Governments and Non-Governmental
    Organizations through Grants

13
FY 2010 Funding Plan and Implementation Process
  Provisional FY2010 Allocations (x1,000)
Agency
Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern
Invasive Species
Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution
Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration
Accountability, Monitoring, Evaluation,
Communication, and Partnerships
Totals
Percentages
DHS-USCG
2,850
4,000
 
 
 
6,850
1.4
DOC-NOAA
2,450
1,000
2,720
15,000
11,000
32,170
6.8
DOD-USACE
9,996
3,250
14,550
17,600
500
45,896
9.7
DOI-BIA
 
 
 
3,000
 
3,000
0.6
DOI-NPS
2,800
2,738
1,550
2,862
500
10,450
2.2
DOI-USFWS
5,400
19,859
 
32,242
 
57,501
12.1
DOI-USGS
2,070
2,338
2,562
3,920
4,090
14,980
3.2
DOS-GLFC
 
7,000
 
 
 
7,000
1.5
DOS-IJC
 
 
 
 
300
300
0.1
DOT-FHWA
 
 
 
2,500
 
2,500
0.5
DOT-MARAD
 
3,000
 
 
 
3,000
0.6
EPA
113,880
8,280
44,807
18,880
48,306
234,153
49.3
HHS-ATSDR
5,500
 
 
 
 
5,500
1.2
USDA-APHIS
 
3,000
 
 
 
3,000
0.6
USDA-NRCS
 
1,000
30,642
2,000
 
33,642
7.1
USDA-USFS
2,000
4,800
500
7,258
500
15,058
3.2
Totals
146,946
60,265
97,331
105,262
65,196
475,000
100.0
Percentages
100
 
31
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20
22
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Where Does the Money Go?
FY 2010 Funding Plan and Implementation Process
  • Over 250M for grants, cooperative agreements, or
    project agreements that will be awarded by EPA or
    other Federal agencies to non-Federal partners
  • Over 40 just for grants and cooperative
    agreements

15
How Do Funds Get to Projects?
FY 2010 Funding Plan and Implementation Process
  • Interagency Agreements establish terms and
    transfer funds
  • Summer 2009 process initiates coordinated
    Request(s) for Proposals by EPA and other
    Agencies
  • Use existing funding mechanisms
  • Intended Result On-the-ground projects in FY2010

16
Status of Congressional Appropriations
FY 2010 Funding Plan and Implementation Process
  • Full House passed at 475M
  • Senate Appropriations Committee provides 400M

17
Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
Outline (FY 2010 FY 2014)
18
Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
Outline
Development of the Great Lakes Restoration
Multi-year Action Plan Outline
  • EPA and Great Lakes Interagency Task Force and
    its Regional Working Group began development
    after May 2009 Budget Announcement
  • Based on GLRI Proposed 2010 Funding Plan and the
    GLRC Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great
    Lakes
  • Stakeholder input through July / August Public
    Meetings in each Great Lakes state and via the
    Internet
  • GLRI Goals, Objectives, and Targets intended to
    align with those of Great Lakes State, Tribal,
    and local governments

19
Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
Outline
Funding and Grants Cycle
  • Anticipatory RFPs before appropriations to hit
    the ground running
  • Most EPA grants to be issued competitively
  • Minimizing Match Requirements
  • Other agencies will use their existing
    cooperation and grant programs

20
Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
Outline
Accountability
  • Tracking Progress
  • Targets and Measures toward Restoration and
    Protection Goals and Objectives
  • Accountability System to allow systematic
    reporting and public access to expenditures and
    progress
  • Annual Reports starting in 2011
  • Appropriate science will guide future actions

21
Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
Outline
Focus Areas Outline
  • Problem Statement
  • Proposed Long Term Goals
  • Interim Objectives
  • Measures of Progress
  • Principal Actions to Achieve Progress

22
Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
Outline
Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration
  • Problem Statement
  • The health of Great Lakes habitats and wildlife
    depends upon the protection and restoration of
    ecosystems the Great Lakes, the coastline,
    wetlands, rivers, connecting channels, and
    watersheds.
  • Healthy Great Lakes provide clean drinking water
  • Fully resilient ecosystems buffer the impacts of
    climate change.
  • A multitude of threats affect the health of Great
    Lakes habitats and wildlife..
  • Threats have resulted in impacted habitat and
    wildlife.

23
Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
Outline
Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration
  • Proposed Long Term Goals
  • Protection and restoration of Great Lakes aquatic
    and terrestrial habitats
  • Critical management activities protect and
    conserve important fish and wildlife populations.
  • Sound decision-making is facilitated by..
  • High priority actions identified in strategic
    plans are implemented, lead to the achievement of
    plan goals, and reduce the loss of fish and
    wildlife and their habitats.

24
Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
Outline
Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration
  • Interim Objectives
  • By 2014, 3,000 miles of Great Lakes rivers and
    tributaries will be reopened and 500 barriers to
    fish passage will be removed or bypassed.
  • By 2014, 75,000 acres of wetlands,
    wetland-associated uplands, and high priority
    coastal, upland, and island habitats will be
    protected, restored, or enhanced.
  • By 2014, 30 of habitat-related beneficial use
    impairments will be delisted across 27 Areas of
    Concern.
  • Four other objectives.

25
Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
Outline
Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration
  • Measures of Progress
  • Miles of rivers reopened for fish passage.
  • Number of fish passage barriers removed or
    bypassed..
  • Percentage of Habitat-related beneficial use
    impairments removed from the 27 US Areas of
    Concern so impaired.
  • Eight other measures.

26
Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
Outline
Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration
  • Principal Actions to Achieve Progress
  • Improve Aquatic Ecosystem Resiliency
  • Maintain or Improve the Population Status of
    Threatened, Endangered, Rare and Migratory
    Species
  • Enhance Wetlands, Wetland-Associated Uplands, and
    High Priority Coastal, Upland and Island Habitats
  • Identify, Inventory, and Track Progress on Great
    Lakes Habitats, Including Coastal Wetlands
    Restoration
  • Restore Habitat Functioning in Areas of Concern

27
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Resources Available on the Web http//www.epa.gov/
greatlakes/glri
  • EPA Press Release on FY2010 Budget
  • EPA FY2010 Budget in Brief
  • FY2010 Performance Plan and Congressional
    Justification (EPA's Proposed Budget)
  • FY2010 Budget Appendix for EPA
  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Proposed 2010
    Funding Plan
  • Agency Actions Pursuant to 2010 Great Lakes
    Restoration Initiative
  • 2010 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Summary
    of Proposed Programs and Projects
  • Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
    Outline
  • Interagency Funding Guide
  • Form for Providing Comments and Feedback.

28
Great Lakes Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan
Outline
Next Steps
  • Comments through August 19, 2009
  • In-Person at one of the Stakeholder Meetings
  • Online http//www.epa.gov/greatlakes/glri/outreac
    h.html
  • By Mail USEPA Great Lakes National Program
    Office (G-17J), Attention Anthony Kizlauskas, 77
    West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604
  • Draft to OMB September 1, 2009 pursuant to
    Federal Budget Process
  • Additional Opportunity to Comment in Fall, 2009
  • Announce Plan following President's 2011 Budget
    Announcement in February, 2010

29
Feedback and Discussion
Discussion / Ideas and Comments about
  • 2010 Implementation
  • Clarity and feasibility of Goals, Objectives,
    Measures, and Targets in the Great Lakes
    Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan Outline.
  • Whether there are any Actions, Goals, Objectives,
    Measures, and Targets in the Great Lakes
    Multi-Year Restoration Action Plan Outline which
    are necessary for environmental progress, but
    that are missing.
  • How we can improve the implementation process.
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