2019 Great Lakes Commission Federal Priorities

Mar 7, 2019 | About the Commission, Advocacy, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Library

Investing in a National Asset: A Leadership Agenda for Great Lakes Restoration and Economic Revitalization

Presented to the 116th Congress: March 2019  |  Download PDF

The Great Lakes are the economic, ecological and cultural backbone of our eight-state, two-province region. With nearly one-third of U.S. and Canadian economic activity centered around the Great Lakes and 95 percent of our nation’s fresh surface water, the Great Lakes are a natural treasure and a vital economic asset. Restoring, protecting and wisely managing them is an enduring, bipartisan priority for our nation and for the people of the Great Lakes region and their elected leaders.

Following the interstate and federal agreements under the Great Lakes Basin Compact, the Great Lakes Commission calls on Congress and the administration to protect and leverage the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River as vital economic and environmental assets. The priorities in this document outline specific investments that will strengthen our nation, create jobs, protect public health and revitalize communities.