U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its federal partners are developing Action Plan III, which will outline priorities and goals for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action (GLRI) for fiscal years 2020-2024.
PalEON (the PaleoEcological Observatory Network) is an interdisciplinary team of paleoecologists, ecological statisticians, and ecosystem modelers. This network works to reconstruct forest composition, fire regime, and climate in forests across the northeastern US and Alaska over the past 2000 years and then use this to drive and validate terrestrial ecosystem models. These vegetation maps display high-resolution settlement-era forest composition, based on witness tree and General Land Office data, for the Northeastern United States and Alaska.
The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) funds research projects related to the use, development, and conservation of Lake Michigan coastal resources in Illinois and Indiana.
Beginning January 2010, Wisconsin's local and regional governments must base decisions that affect zoning, official mapping, and subdivision regulations on an adopted comprehensive plan [s.66.1001 Wisconsin Statutes]. As a result, an increasing number of communities are adopting new plans or updating existing plans to be consistent with the new laws. The Great Lakes Coastal Community Planning site is meant to be used a tool to support planning efforts along the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior coasts of Wisconsin.
Master Plans are a community driven documents that provides leaders and residents with a vision of their future physical development. These plans guide decisions and are regularly evaluated as conditions within the community change. In Michigan, Master Plans are the basis for zoning ordinances which are laws. Zoning must be based on a reasonable community plan. So while Master Plans are guides, they are also the legal foundation for local land use laws. Most St. Clair County communities use Master Plans. A compendium of these plans can be found at the link below.
This Watershed Management Plan (WMP) was developed for the purposes of fulfilling Phase II storm water requirements for local public entities and to provide a comprehensive storm water management plan that will improve and protect water quality across the land area known as St. Clair County's Northeastern Watersheds (NEW).
The Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment promotes greater coordination among the state's water management agencies by establishing the MN Water Management Framework, which outlines the collaborative approach among agencies and clarifies the different management roles of the multiple state agencies.
The CTC source protection plan protects water for residents of Toronto, Credit Valley, and Central Lake, Ontario. The plan outlines enforcement policies and land-use specific requirements for source water protection.
The Minnesota Department of Health Source Water Protection webpage provides communities with resources to help protect source water. MDH provides pages with regulations, laws, source water assessments, geospatial data, and source water protection grants.