Public input sought on Great Lakes restoration

Cleanup of the St. Louis River is one of the largest environmental projects ever undertaken in Minnesota. (

The future of the Great Lakes is up for public comment.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is crafting the next phase of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The Trump administration has recommended dramatic funding cuts for the initiative, so far without success.

Andrew Slade, a consultant with the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, said the next phase—known as Action Plan Three—covers the period from 2020 to 2024.

Since the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative began a decade ago, nearly $3 billion has been invested in more than 4,000 projects. The EPA has already held hearings in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but people may still comment online.

The EPA will hold other meetings on Action Plan Three in Saginaw, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois. A final plan should be available for formal public comment this fall.

The comment page is found online here.

Maritime Editorial