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
Enhancement5.4811
Invasives Control17.0045
Hydrologic Restoration21.5420
Protection18.4123
Restoration25.4035
Unspecified30.3025
Combined25.8953

This is 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. Based on the datasets collected, invasives control and hydrologic restoration projects  appear to be common projects. We've classified any invasion control project as "enhancement" and any hydrologic restoration project as "restoration" and "enhancement". 

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$5,481,28311
Invasives Control$17,003,41745
Hydrologic Restoration$21,542,53820
Protection$18,409,38723
Restoration$25,408,94235
Unspecified$30,297,15725
Combined$25,878,16153

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.