NOAA-GLC Partnership Projects 2008-2012

In 2008 the Great Lakes Commission received funding from National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program to work with local partners to restore coastal habitat and address BUIs at two Great Lakes AOCs. These projects were some of the first AOC restoration projects initiated and project managers are anxious to share the results of their work with others in the AOC community to foster information sharing among entities engaged in habitat restoration.


Muskegon Lake AOC Restoration

Partnering with the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission

[expand title=”Learn More about Muskegon Lake Restoration” swaptitle=”click to collapse content” trigpos=”below”]The lower Muskegon River watershed provides habitat for numerous species of waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and fish.

Restoration along the shoreline of Muskegon Lake

Restoration along the shoreline of Muskegon Lake

The 2008 Muskegon Lake AOC Partnership project restored habitats vital to self-sustaining populations of fish and wildlife. Restoration plans addressed delisting targets, which were developed with the goal of improving the AOC to the point where designated BUIs were removed.  There are additional projects being implemented at Muskegon Lake, click here to learn more about current projects.

2008  Muskegon Lake AOC Partnership Project Fact Sheet

Presentation on the Muskegon Lake AOC Partnership




Hog Island Restoration – St. Louis River AOC

Partnering with the Douglas County Land Conservation Department

[expand title=”Learn More about Hog Island Restoration” swaptitle=”Click to collapse content” trigpos=”below”]Hog Island is a place of scenic beauty and high ecological value. Located at the headwaters of Lake Superior, at the far western end of the lake within the city of Superior, Wisconsin, the area is regionally important both as an ecological resource and a recreational and scenic amenity. For many years the area has served as a disposal site for dredge spoils, a railway yard, and a repository for industrial byproducts. The long term goal for Hog Island is to restore ecological processes and biodiversity, reduce threats to the long term sustainability of natural communities and implement a compatible recreational plan for the area.


Shoreline prior to restoration


Shoreline after restoration








2008 Hog Island Partnership Project Fact Sheet

Presentation on the Hog Island AOC Partnership



Habitat Restoration Partnership Webinars

GLC hosted webinars for both projects to provide an overview of the AOCs, restoration goals and objectives and to highlight the successes, challenges, novel approaches and strategies that kept the projects on track. These webinars provide information about AOC habitat restoration planning; habitat restoration goals, objectives, outputs and outcomes; and challenges and successes encountered during project implementation.  View the webinars here