During the past decade, five federal agencies and ArcelorMittal have partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to coordinate and leverage funding for ecological restoration in the Great Lakes basin. Known as Sustain Our Great Lakes (SOGL), this innovative public -- private collaboration is celebrating its tenth year, and we are pleased to present this report as a way to commemorate that milestone.
Since 2006, SOGL has awarded 245 grants to 128 organizations, directing more than $113 million to on-the-ground restoration projects. From providing lake sturgeon access to historic spawning habitat on the Menominee River, to re-establishing wild rice beds in the St. Louis River estuary, to improving hundreds of acres of coastal wetlands in the Maumee River Area of Concern, the program has helped support many of the most exciting restoration efforts in the basin during the past decade. The following pages summarize those achievements, with a focus on the four priority issues that have guided our investments: aquatic connectivity, stream and riparian habitat, wetlands, and shoreline habitat.