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Habitat Restoration in the Great Lakes: By the Numbers

NOAA’s habitat restoration work in the Great Lakes strengthens healthy fisheries and ecosystems, benefits local economies, and supports resilient communities.
March 01, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of a large forested island in the middle of a river Aerial view of Belle Isle in the Detroit River. (Photo: Friends of the Detroit River)

Kids Creek Project Restores Habitat and Food Sources for Great Lakes Fish

A NOAA-supported project in Traverse City, Michigan, is helping enhance habitat and food sources for fish like brook trout.
January 04, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Construction workers set up a large concrete structure to move it into a stream Culvert replacement underway on Kids Creek. Credit: Zach Cole/City of Traverse City.

$10 Million Available for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

NOAA is seeking proposals for new 2022 grant awards that will restore habitat for Great Lakes fisheries, helping to support local ecosystems, economies, and communities.
November 05, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Aerial image of a river with a road spanning across it and a boat in the background Aerial view of the Little Rapids restoration project site on the St. Marys River in Michigan. Credit: Jim Lehocky.

Nearly $17.5 Million in Funding Recommended for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

Restoring Great Lakes habitats helps strengthen ecosystems and fisheries, benefit local economies, and support resilient communities.
July 06, 2021 - Feature Story ,
friends-of-the-detroit-river_sugar-island_750x500.jpg Sugar Island in the Detroit River. Credit: Friends of the Detroit River.

Great Lakes Fish are Benefiting from Restored Rapids Habitat, Study Finds

More juvenile fish have been using the rapids restored by NOAA and partners on the St. Marys River, according to a recent study.
April 27, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of a river, with six people in a small boat traveling toward a bridge An aerial view of the Little Rapids site, after the project was completed.

Muskegon Lake Nears Recovery After Years of Restoration

Through a multi-year partnership with the Great Lakes Commission, NOAA has helped restore what was once one of the Great Lakes region’s most degraded areas.
November 17, 2020 - Feature Story ,

Muskegon Lake Habitat Restoration

NOAA has worked through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to support several habitat restoration projects around Michigan's Muskegon Lake.
November 17, 2020 - Video ,
Construction equipment in a wetland Construction underway at the Lower Muskegon River restoration project site.

Buffalo River Habitat Restoration

In New York, the Great Lakes Commission has worked to restore nearly two miles of shoreline and twenty acres of habitat at eight sites along the lower Buffalo River, supported by NOAA through Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding.
October 20, 2020 - Video ,
Buffalo River Old Bailey Woods Shoreline stabilization .jpg The Old Bailey Woods habitat restoration project along the Buffalo River.

Restoring a National Treasure: 10 Years of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Our interactive story map highlights a decade of NOAA and partners’ work to restore habitat in the Great Lakes region.
September 30, 2020 - Story Map ,
Aerial photo of the Detroit River The Detroit River. Photo: Zachary Haslick/Aerial Associates Photography, Inc.

Nearly $20 Million in 2020 NOAA Funding Recommended for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

Investments in Great Lakes habitat restoration will benefit local economies, strengthen healthy ecosystems and fisheries, and support resilient communities.
July 08, 2020 - Feature Story ,
howard-marsh-construction 750x500.jpg Restoration work underway at Howard Marsh in Lucas County, Ohio. (Photo: Metroparks Toledo)