Programs & Initiatives

Great Lakes Legacy Act

Pollution from over a century of intensive development remains in the sediment of many Great Lakes tributaries, harming fish and wildlife and leaving water unsafe for people. These sites are being cleaned up through the Great Lakes Legacy Act by the U.S. EPA in partnership with local, state, and private organizations.

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River Restoration: Practices and Concepts

Many rivers and streams have been dammed, channelized, or diverted to suit local needs, resulting in stressed and degraded aquatic ecosystems. For the past 12 years, various agencies including Sea Grant, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and many others have worked together to develop workshops covering various topic areas ranging from dam removal to habitat restoration to stream engineering.

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Contact Info

Topic Specialist

Ashley Belle
Great Lakes AOC Specialist
Leslie Dorworth
Aquatic Ecology Specialist

Research Projects

Carolyn Foley
Research Coordinator


Ethan Chitty
Administrative Assistant

Education & Training

Terri Hallesy
Education Coordinator