- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
The action plan directs aggressive action under five priority "focus areas" the task force has identified as vital for restoring the Great Lakes. They are:
- Protection and cleanup of the most polluted areas in the lakes: The task force will work with state and municipal partners to clean up toxic hotspots so that these critical "working waterways" are put back to work for healthy fishing and recreation.
- Combating invasive species: Invasive species pose a unique threat to the Great Lakes, and the plan outlines a number of steps to keep such species out of the lakes. Asian carp were pointed at as one area to be addressed with funding from the initiative.
- Protection of high priority watersheds and reduced runoff from urban, suburban and, agricultural sources. Initiative funding will be targeted toward, among other things, reducing pollution at beaches.
- Restoration of wetlands and other habitats: The action plan includes a first-ever assessment of the entire 530,000 acre Great Lakes coastal wetland, to help the task force begin to restore troubled areas;
- Implementation of accountability measures, learning initiatives, outreach and strategic partnerships.
More information on the full plan can be found at www.greatlakesrestoration.us.