2017 Great Lakes Commission Federal Priorities
Presented to the 115th Congress: March 2017 | Download PDF
The Great Lakes form the backbone of the culture and economy of our eight-state, two-province region. Restoring, protecting and wisely managing them is an enduring, bipartisan priority for the people of the Great Lakes region and their elected leaders. With nearly one-third of U.S. and Canadian economic activity centered in the Great Lakes region and 95% of our nation’s fresh surface water, bolstering this invaluable resource is a wise strategy that benefits our nation as a whole.
The investments we are making in the Great Lakes—whether for maritime transportation, waterfront economic development or environmental cleanup—are creating jobs, protecting public health and revitalizing struggling communities. The Great Lakes states are leading this important work in collaboration with local communities, tribes, business and industry, and conservation organizations. Representing the Great Lakes states and provinces—Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec and Wisconsin—the Great Lakes Commission offers these priorities to continue the progress we are making in leveraging the Great Lakes as a vital economic and environmental asset for our nation.