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Determining the Economic Impact of Protecting and Restoring the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Commission

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $295,000
  • Grant Period June 1, 2017–December 31, 2019
  • Location Ann Arbor, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

About this grant

The Great Lakes Initiative, a federally funded effort, has supported more than 3,000 ecosystem restoration projects in the Great Lakes Basin with $2.4 billion. The time has come to conduct an analysis of the economic benefits associated with the initiative, essentially calculating its return on investment. The Great Lakes Commission will arrange for such an analysis to be completed by a group of highly respected economists using robust economic modelling techniques. The grantee will broadly distribute the results of the analysis.