Our Work

Here’s some of the work we’re doing to ensure a healthy environment, strong economy and high quality of life for current and future generations.

GLC calls for full GLRI funding; reaffirms commitment to NAFTA

Great Lakes Commissioners from the U.S. and Canada traveled to Washington, D.C. in early March to urge Congress to protect the Great Lakes, encouraging elected officials to protect the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

GLC 2018 Legislative Priorities

The GLC’s 2018 legislative priorities document recommends actions to Congress and the Administration that will create jobs, protect public health and revitalize struggling communities in the Great Lakes region. Additionally, state-specific materials  showcase individual states’ benefits.

Coalition released joint priorities for the Great Lakes

Prior to Great Lakes Day in Washington D.C., a coalition representing business, industry and environmental groups and states, cities and tribes released joint priorities for sustaining Great Lakes restoration and economic revitalization.

Transforming Great Lakes data into useful information

Blue Accounting, a groundbreaking new initiative of the GLC and the Nature Conservancy, provides decision-makers with a big picture view of complex issues so they can allocate resources most efficiently.

Research papers on oil transportation in the Great Lakes region released

The GLC released three research papers it commissioned that focused on key aspects of oil transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region.

New videos highlight impact of GLRI at Muskegon Lake, St. Marys River

The GLC and NOAA released videos highlighting the economic and environmental impact of work they are leading in Muskegon, Michigan, and at the Little Rapids portion of the St. Marys River.

Ohio EPA calls western Lake Erie ‘impaired’

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has decided to include Western Lake Erie in a list of impaired waters, due to the harmful algae blooms that plague the region every year. Read the full story by the Associated...

Soo Locks fueling national, EUP economy

Described as an engineering marvel for its ability to raise and lower ships exceeding 1,000 feet in length and connecting Lake Superior to the rest of the world, the Soo Locks have also proven to be an economic marvel fueling industries near and far. Read the full...

Great Lakes Commission names Darren Nichols new executive director

Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Darren Nichols, formerly of the Columbia River Gorge Commission, as its new executive director. Nichols, who most recently served as associate director for the William D....



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