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
Enhancement28.2922
Invasives Control15.6839
Hydrologic Restoration11.5120
Protection20.0627
Restoration28.5037
Shoreline Softening 1.763
Combined42.4344

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 Amount Number of Projects
Enhancement$28,289,168.63 22
Invasives Control$15,676,663.47 39
Hydrologic Restoration$11,510,117.17 20
Protection$20,061,607.17 27
Restoration$28,504,961.91 37
Shoreline Softening$1,764,300.00 3
Combined$42,431,116.03 44

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.