Years of industrial activity and development have left many lakes and rivers contaminated with nitrogen, heavy metals, PCBs, and other toxic pollutants. Many rivers and streams have been dammed, channelized, or diverted to suit local needs. The result is that many aquatic ecosystems are stressed and degraded—unsafe for people and unsuitable for some wildlife. Sea Grant is working to restore these waterbodies through development and implementation of restoration techniques that will improve coastal health and ensure continued enjoyment and use of coastal resources by the public.
- EPA Region 5 recognizes Caitie Nigrelli with two Bronze Medal Awards
- Cleanup process gets started at Zephyr site in Michigan
- Friday video: A drone's eye view of the restored Milwaukee River
- Research brings more community voices to the restoration conversation
- The Grand Cal just keeps getting better and better
- Milwaukee celebrates the rebirth of Lincoln Park
- Grand Calumet Day welcomes the newest stewards
- Wisconsin students learn about Great Lakes cleanup
- New video offers insight into Great Lakes investment
- From industry to rebirth: Student video presents history of Buffalo River
River Restoration: Practices and Concepts
This workshop series brings together experts from around the United States and Canada to discuss the successes and failures of current river restoration technologies.
The Great Lakes Legacy Act
This congressional act provides matching funds to communities to speed up the pace of cleanup of contaminated sediments within Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The video (showing below) introduces people to the benefits of restoring degraded waterbodies. To order a copy of the DVD, visit the Product page.
Developing functional indicators of coastal wetlands health
Matthew Cooper, University of Notre Dame
Restoration of native pine species in Great Lakes coastal environment
Robert Fahey, The Morton Arboretum