Focus Area 1: Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern includes pollution prevention and cleanup of the most polluted areas in the Great Lakes.
Focus Area 2: Invasive Species includes instituting a “zero tolerance policy” toward new invasions, including preventing the establishment of self-sustaining populations of invasive species such as Asian carp.
Focus Area 3: Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution includes a targeted geographic focus on high priority watershed and polluted runoff reductions from urban, suburban, and agricultural sources.
Focus Area 4: Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration includes brining wetlands and other habitat back to life, and the first comprehensive assessment of the entire 530,000 acres of Great Lakes coastal wetlands to target restoration and protection efforts using the best science.
Focus Area 5: Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication, and Partnerships includes the implementation of goal and results based accountability measures, learning initiatives, outreach, and strategic partnerships.