Millions of dollars are annually invested into coastal wetlands projects across the Great Lakes Basin. Explore our chart to learn about the types of projects that are funded.

Project TypeFunding AmountNumber of Projects
Enhancement29.0817
Invasives Control19.3754
Hydrologic Restoration13.8720
Protection20.4628
Restoration26.235
Shoreline Softening 1.763
Combined34.7938

This chart and the table below present a subset of data from the webmap introduced on the previous page. Funding for coastal wetlands typically is awarded to recipients who are either planning or already in the midst of executing an enhancement, restoration, or protection project. Invasive Control is a sub-category for Enhancement while Hydrologic Restoration and Shoreline Softening are sub-categories for Restoration. These sub-categories are tracked independently from their respective categories.

Explore the investments map to learn more about an individual project, or the project types common to a geographical area.

Project TypeFunding AmountNumber of Projects
Enhancement$29,077,12217
Invasives Control$19,373,31054
Hydrologic Restoration$13,868,14020
Protection$20,461,60728
Restoration$26,198,44235
Shoreline Softening$1,764,3003
Combined$34,792,26338

Restoration applies to projects in which a non-wetland area (e.g., farm field) is restored to be a coastal wetland. Any actions within an existing coastal wetland are considered enhancement. Hydrologic Restoration is considered both enhancement and restoration.

A large percentage of project data came from the GLRI database. Monitoring, Assessment, and Planning projects are not included in the coastal wetland database. Wetland projects that lacked a hydrologic connection to the Great Lakes were removed. Overall, 51 projects that did not meet the Blue Accounting coastal wetland project criteria were removed from the original data set.