Coastal Conservation & Habitat Restoration
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin includes more than 10,000 miles of coastline that are home to more than 3,500 plant and animal species, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. However, extensive human activity has led to the loss of habitat for fish and wildlife and had other negative impacts on the region’s rich and diverse ecosystems. The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) is developing and managing several regional collaborative partnerships to restore and protect habitat for fish and wildlife, support the remediation of degraded areas, and ensure resiliency to changing lake levels and impacts from climate change. The GLC coordinates regional engagement, improves management, advances research, and facilitates communication and outreach to address coastal conservation challenges.