Great Lakes Commission Legislative Priorities for 2016
Presented to the 114th Congress: February 2016
The Great Lakes are a vital environmental and economic asset for the eight states and two provinces of the Great Lakes region. With 90 percent of our nation’s supply of fresh surface water, the Great Lakes provide unparalleled recreational opportunities for residents and tourists; abundant fresh water for communities and industries; an efficient transportation system for raw materials and finished goods; and extensive habitat for valuable fish and wildlife resources.
The Great Lakes provide our region with a unique competitive advantage; restoring, protecting and wisely using them must continue to be a key component of our broader strategy to create jobs, stimulate economic development, and strengthen waterfront communities. With proper care and sound investments, the Great Lakes will be a foundation for economic prosperity and a high quality of life for our region’s future.
Regional Priorities for 2016
Near-term priorities have been identified by an alliance that includes the Great Lakes Commission, the mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, the Healing Our Waters® – Great Lakes Coalition, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, the Council of Great Lakes Industries and the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition.
Great Lakes Restoration At Work
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is generating site-specific improvements for communities across the region. This interactive map showcases site-specific GLRI restoration projects funded in Fiscal Years 2010-2015
Great Lakes Restoration At Work: State Fact Sheets
- llinois: Great Lakes Restoration at Work
- Indiana: Great Lakes Restoration at Work
- Michigan: Great Lakes Restoration at Work
- Minnesota: Great Lakes Restoration at Work
- New York: Great Lakes Restoration at Work
- Ohio: Great Lakes Restoration at Work
- Pennsylvania: Great Lakes Restoration at Work
- Wisconsin: Great Lakes Restoration at Work