Kudos to others who are helping restore the Great Lakes.
A big thumbs up to to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Science bloggers for reporting information on the big part the NOAA plays in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) – with its 19 GLRI projects.
NOAA protection and restoration efforts of coastal habitats include natural resource damage claims – and many community-based restoration efforts.
Check out this interview with Julie Sims – the NOAA Restoration Center Regional Coordinator at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab in Ann Arbor.
An interview with Rebecca Held – NOAA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Program Coordinator at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor.
Sims outlines NOAA GLRI initiatives:
- Removal of over 200,000 metric tons of waste and demolition material
- Restore 1,300 acres of habitat for fish and wildlife
- Open 300 miles of river habitat for fish
The NOAA initiatives share the spirit of the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute GLRI projects across the Upper Peninsula including 250 interfaith congregations at churches/temples aiming to reduce energy consumption thus reducing airborne mercury in the Great Lakes plus the added benefit of protecting pollinators through native plant community gardens
We must protect/restore the Great Lakes – the America’s biggest freshwater source.
Originally posted on NOAA Ocean Science Blog:
Interviewee Biography:Julie Sims is the Regional Coordinator for NOAA Restoration Center and is located in Ann Arbor, MI, at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. In the Great Lakes Region, the Restoration Center has responsibilities for the protection and restoration of Great Lakes coastal habitats through recovery of damages from natural resource damage claims and through community-based restoration efforts. Prior to joining NOAA’s Restoration Center, Julie had considerable experience working on Great Lakes issues, initially as an intern with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office developing Great Lakes ecosystem indicators, after which she joined the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality as a Great Lakes Areas of Concern and Lakewide Management Plan coordinator. Julie has a B.S. in Environmental Biology/Zoology and a M.S. in Natural Resource and Environmental Management from Michigan State University.
You can see the second entry in this series from May of 2012 by reading the blog post.