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Celebrating the 10-Year Anniversary of a Public Compact for the Great Lakes

June 19, 2018

The Great Lakes Compact is about how we sustainably manage the lakes—fresh water that more than 42 million people depend on for their drinking water in the United States and Canada.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Host Public Engagement Sessions On Great Lakes Restoration

June 1, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a series of public engagement meetings to be held throughout the summer across the region.

Washington Update: Farm Bill Stalled and Water Resources Funding Advances

May 23, 2018

This week in deliberations about the federal budget the Water Resources Development Act moved forward, but the Farm Bill stalled.

Washington Update: Busy Week for the Great Lakes

May 15, 2018

This week is a busy week in the U.S. Congress, as the House and Senate will be taking up several important matters pertaining to Great Lakes restoration and protection.

Rep. Bishop Introduces Resolution Designating Week of Memorial Day as ‘Great Lakes Week’

May 8, 2018

Congressman Mike Bishop wants to designate the week of Memorial Day as “Great Lakes Week” to highlight the importance of the Great Lakes and promote conservation efforts.

Senators Support Full and Robust Water Infrastructure Funding

April 30, 2018

Water infrastructure in the Great Lakes region is crumbling, outdated, and leaking. According the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over the next 20 years almost $180 billion is needed to repair and upgrade our drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

Senators Request Full Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

April 27, 2018

Today U.S. Senators from Great Lakes states urged colleagues in the U.S. Congress to maintain funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

14th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference Request for Workshops and Field trips Now Open

April 20, 2018

The coalition is looking for engaging and compelling proposals for both field trips and presentations at our Great Lakes Conference this October in Detroit.

U.S. Senators Reject Attempt to Weaken Protections from Aquatic Invasive Species

April 18, 2018

In a major victory for clean water, outdoor recreation, and local economies across the country, the U.S. Senate today rejected a bill that would have weakened protections against invasive species.