||Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.; Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.; Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.; Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.
Understanding this, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, in collaboration with 15 other federal agencies, have made restoring the Great Lakes a national priority. Signaling a commitment beyond measure of past promises, in February 2009, President Obama proposed $475 million for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (Initiative). This Action Plan describes how the Initiative will be executed from 2010 through 2014. Five major focus areas are: (1) toxic substances and areas of concern; (2) invasive species; (3) nearshore health and nonpoint source pollution; (4) habitat and wildlife protection and restoration, and (5) accountability, education, monitoring, evaluation, communication, and partnership.