Progress Toward Restoration
Funding for Sediment Remediation
Environment Canada's Great Lakes Sustainability Fund provides $30 million (CAD) over five years for work in the Great Lakes. Some of this funding may be available for sediment remediation in Areas of Concern. In addition, Ontario has allocated $50 million (CAD) over five years for the Great Lakes, a portion of which could be made available for sediment remediation in Areas of Concern.
In the United States, the 2002 Great Lakes Legacy Act provides a national focus on Great Lakes sediment remediation. The act amends the Clean Water Act to authorize $250 million (USD) over five years for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct remediation of sediment in the Areas of Concern. Local cost-sharing would provide an additional $87 million (USD). The act also authorizes additional funds for information dissemination and research. The United States president's fiscal year 2004 budget includes $15 million to support the Great Lakes Legacy Act and the clean up of contaminated sediment.