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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.

Twenty-three projects have been completed under the GLFER authority to date including:

Project Number Project Restoration
3 Frankenmuth Dam, MI 73 miles reconnected
4 63rd Street Beach, IL 21 acres restored
5 Red Mill Pond, IN 160 acres restored
6 Burnham Prairie, IL 93 acres restored
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
13 Jackson Park, IL 162 acres restored
14 Lake County Ravine #8, IL 5 acres restored
15 Ft. Sheridan Coastal Reefs, IL 200 acres restored
16 Jeorse Park, IL 44 acres restored
17 River Riparian, IL 48 miles restored/td>
18 Harpersfield Sea Lamprey Barrier, OH 1,266 miles protected
19 Port Clinton Coastal, OH 18 acres restored
25 East Au Gres River Sea Lamprey Trap, MI 12 miles protected
26 Elkhart River Dam, IN 30 miles reconnected
35 Sabin Dam, MI 1 mile reconnected
38 Menominee and Park Mill Dams Fish Passage, WI/MI 21 miles reconnected
41 Chautauqua Fish Passage, NY 10 miles reconnected/protected


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These projects have restored over 1,900 acres of high quality fish and wildlife habitat, and connected, restored, or protected nearly 1,500 miles of high quality tributary habitat. In addition, there are approximately 25 projects that are in various stages of completion that will restore 800 acres of high quality fish and wildlife habitat, and connect, restore, or protect nearly 6,000 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


Joshua Unghire
Buffalo District USACE
(716) 879-4229

MI & MN 

Jim Luke
Detroit District USACE
(313) 226-3387 


Alex Hoxsie
Chicago District USACE
(312) 846-5587