GLRI Project

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative #1 (GLRI #1)

Through the U.S. Forest Service, GLRI (Great Lakes Restoration Initiative) funds programs to reduce runoff through green infrastructure, creating or improving green infrastructure through the planting of trees and other vegetation as part of a local management strategy to maintain and enhance urban watersheds. Planting native and site-appropriate trees and other vegetation will capture and slow the flow of untreated runoff and contribute to filtering out sediments, nutrients, toxic contaminants, pathogens, and other pollutants prior to entering Great lakes tributaries and nearshore waters.

 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the University of Minnesota, along with the cities of Duluth, Grand Marais, Silver Bay and Hermantown, will take part in the training and utilization of community volunteers to plant and maintain urban trees in order to manage and reduce stormwater runoff. A minimum of 600 trees will be planted in those three communities to reduce runoff along the shore of Lake Superior, the St. Louis Bay, and St. Louis River. This project will improve the cities' green infrastructure by creating educational outreach opportunities to connect local citizens with the care of their urban and community forest. Through hands-on education, citizens will learn about the benefits of trees and engage with their community while maintaining them, all while reducing runoff into Lake Superior.

 

Communities:

The following communities are currently involved in the GLRI #1 grant!

  • Duluth
  • Grand Marais 
  • Hermantown
  • Silver Bay

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative #2 (GLRI #2)

Communities

The following communities are involved in the GLRI #2  grant project!

  • Duluth 
  • Grand Marais 
  • Hermantown
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (IN)
  • Racine (WI)
  • Silver Bay