Great Lakes National Program Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Data Center Description
The Great Lakes National Program Office oversees and helps all Great
Lakes stakeholders* work together in an integrated, ecosystem approach
to protect, maintain, and restore the chemical, biological, and
physical integrity of the Great Lakes.

The EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO), located in
Chicago, Illinois, has a staff of 46 and a budget of almost $15
million. GLNPO brings together Federal, state, tribal, local, and
industry partners in an integrated, ecosystem approach to protect,
maintain, and restore the chemical, biological, and physical integrity
of the Great Lakes. The program monitors Lake ecosystem indicators;
manages and provides public access to Great Lakes data; helps
communities address contaminated sediments in their harbors; supports
local protection and restoration of important habitats; promotes
pollution prevention through activities and projects such as the
Canada-U.S. Binational Toxics Strategy (BNS); and provides assistance
for community-based Remedial Action Plans for Areas of Concern and for
Lakewide Management Plans. Each year, GLNPO uses its funding to assist
Great Lakes partners in these areas through grants, interagency
agreements, and contracts.

Website: http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/

[Summary provided by the EPA.]