Two weeks ago, leaders for industry, tribes, environmental agencies and advocates took part in a water summit at Northland College in Ashland. They met to discuss the future of a federal program called the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – otherwise known as GLRI. The initiative grew out of an effort by President Barack Obama’s administration to speed up cleanup and restoration of polluted sites along the Great Lakes. In the last six years, the federal program has funded more than 2,500 projects by hundreds of groups.
In the next hour, we bring you a discussion from stakeholders around the Great Lakes over the future of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Speakers include Cameron Davis with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairman Mic Isham, Council of Great Lakes Industries President Kathryn Buckner, Healing Our Waters Coalition Campaign Director Todd Ambs and Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation Co-Directors Randy Lehr and Peter Annin. Annin moderates the discussion.