Under the GLFER program, the Corps of Engineers plans, design, and constructs projects to restore and protect aquatic habitat. To date, three GLFER projects have completed construction, five more are under construction, and a total of 41 projects are in planning or design.
GLFER projects include:
- removal or bypassing of dams and other obstructions to restore fishery passage;
- construction of barriers and traps to control the invasive sea lamprey;
- actions to eliminate beneficial use impairments at Areas of Concern;
- restoration and enhancement of habitat, including wetlands, marsh, lake and riverine habitat.
GLFER projects are developed in cooperation with a non-federal partner who may be a state or local government, non-profit organization, or a private entity. This partner shares the costs (35%) of the project and is responsible for operating and maintaining the completed project.
The Great Lakes Fishery Commission has helped the Corps of Engineers plan and implement the program, and is a cost-sharing partner on several projects.