Great Lakes, Fishery, Fish, Ecosystem, Restoration, GLFER, Great Lakes Fishery & Ecosystem Restoration Program, Fishery Commission, Section 506,

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Great Lakes Fishery & Ecosystem Restoration Program

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Program Success

To date, the GLFER program has restored fish and wildlife habitat, removed dams and other barriers to fish migration, prevented and controlled non-native species, and contributed to the removal of beneficial use impairments in Areas of Concern by implementing a number of projects across the Great Lakes Basin.

Thirteen projects have been completed under the GLFER authority to date including:

Project Number Project Restoration
3 Frankenmuth Dam, MI 73 mile reconnected
4 63rd Street Beach, IL 21 acres restored
5 Red Mill Pond 160 miles restored
6 Burnham Prairie, IL 93 miles reconnected
7 Orland Perimeter, IL 946 acres restored
8 Ivanhoe South Ridge, IN 33 acres restored
8 Calumet Prairie, IL 144 acres restored
9 Little Calumet River Riparian, IL 43 acres restored
10 Underwood Creek, WI 1 mile restored
11 Northerly Island, IL 91 acres restored
12 Rosewood Park Coastal, IL 5 acres restored
35 Sabin Dam, MI 1 mile reconnected
38 Chautauqua Fist Passage, NY 10 miles reconnected/protected


GLFER Story Map

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These projects have restored over 1,600 acres of high quality fish and wildlife habitat, and connected, restored, or protected over 85 miles of high quality tributary habitat.  In addition, there are 25 projects that are in various stages of completion that will restore 2,100 acres of high quality fish and wildlife habitat, and connect, restore, or protect over 200 miles of high quality tributary habitat. 

Together, the Corps of Engineers, Joint Strategic Plan agencies, and non-federal sponsors are collectively achieving the GLFER objective to restore the fishery, ecosystem, and beneficial uses of the Great Lakes.

GLFER Contacts

GLFER Program Manager

Steven Check, PMP
Detroit District USACE
(313) 226-2074


Michael Greer
Buffalo District USACE
(716) 879-4229


Jim Luke
Detroit District USACE
(313) 226-3387 


Gene Fleming
Chicago District USACE
(312) 846-5585