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Great Lakes Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. The Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO), in concert with USEPA Regions 2, 3, and 5, leads a consortium of programs, agencies, and public and private institutions in attaining in specific objectives and actions that will reduce contaminants, restore habitat, and protect the living resources of the basin. Great Lakes Strategy 2002,developed by EPA in conjunction with other Federal, State, and Tribal agencies and available at http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/gls/index.html , guides the activities of these organizations towards the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement goal of restoring the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. Funding priorities include: 1. Contaminated Sediments - Funding, technical support, and vessel support to assist contaminated sediment work in priority geographic areas in the Great Lakes. GLNPO's emphasis and ultimate objective is to assist in bringing about remediation of contaminated sediments at these sites. Top priority will be given to projects which will fill information or other gaps essential to achieving sediment remediation in the Areas of Concern (AOCs), pursuant to the Great Lakes Legacy Act, such as: (a.) sediment assessments to support the development of remedial alternatives. (b.) conduct evaluations of remedial alternatives for sites moving toward remediation. (c.) conduct source identification/source control projects. 2. Pollution Prevention and Toxics Reduction. Pollution prevention, reduction or elimination projects, with an emphasis on substances which are persistent and toxic, especially those which bioaccumulate, in the Great Lakes basin. We are particularly interested in the following projects: (a.) Source characterization: Assessment of potential sources of persistent toxic substances. (b.) Indicators of progress toward virtual elimination of persistent toxic substances. (c.) Proper disposal of persistent toxic substances. (d.) Foster adoption of innovative products that would reduce the use and release of persistent toxic substances and that are consistent with the principles of EPA's Environmentally-Preferable Purchasing Program. (e.) Implementation of projects/actions delivering toxic reductions/pollution prevention in sectors targeted by the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy. (f.) Foster adoption of green technologies. In this context, green technology involves reducing or eliminating the use or generation of persistent toxic substances - including feed stocks, reagents, solvents, products and byproducts- during design, manufacture and use of chemical products and processes. (g.) Outreach to achieve source reductions from targeted sectors or groups, e.g., designing a campaign for educating the XX industry on ways to reduce usage and releases of YY chemical. (h.) Develop Great Lakes Basin-wide burn barrel outreach materials which target multiple user groups. Project should consider the best ways to disseminate materials to rural communities, in consultation with user organizations (e.g., LaMP Forums). (i.) Support for development of delisting targets for identified beneficial use impairments in AOCs related to fish and wildlife consumption, fish tumors or other deformities, and bird or animal deformities or reproductive problems. 3. Habitat (Ecological) Protection and Restoration. Projects that demonstrate practices and tools for protecting and restoring aquatic, terrestrial, and wetland ecosystems. Acquisition projects will not be considered. Basin wide projects having large-scale ecological implications for the Great Lakes ecosystem, and multi-organizational, binational partnerships are encouraged. Regional projects must be consistent with Lake wide Management Plan (LaMP) priorities, with Tribal priorities, or with regional ecological protection and restoration planning effort