Great Lakes Commission releases action plan on climate resiliency

Dec 28, 2022 | News and Announcements

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) today released a new action plan to guide the region’s efforts to make the Great Lakes more resilient to the effects of climate change. The Action Plan for a Resilient Great Lakes Basin helps to prioritize regional efforts and forms a roadmap to advance climate resilience in the Great Lakes.

“The impacts of climate change are already affecting the Great Lakes region,” said GLC Chair Todd L. Ambs of Wisconsin. “Increased variability of lake levels, more intense storm events, and more frequent flooding are adding to challenges faced by communities and the infrastructure that supports them. This action plan will help guide our work to foster climate resiliency.”

Changes in climate, increased variability of lake levels, and other changing conditions continue to affect the people, places, economy, and environment of the Great Lakes basin. The effects of these changes include increased risks to existing water resource quality and supply, agriculture, maritime navigation, infrastructure, biological organisms, shorelines and coastal zones, and existing restoration efforts.

The action plan was developed by the GLC Standing Committee on Climate Resilience, which includes representatives of local, state, provincial and federal governments, as well as the partners from the maritime and nonprofit sectors. The action plan leverages existing regional efforts and supports collaboration among jurisdictions to promote shared learning and resources, and to create strategic partnerships that accelerate efforts for a more resilient and adaptive Great Lakes basin and ensure that the waters of the Great Lakes are fishable, swimmable, and drinkable for everyone in the region.

The Great Lakes Commission, led by chair Todd L. Ambs, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (retired), is a binational government agency established in 1955 to protect the Great Lakes and the economies and ecosystems they support. Its membership includes leaders from the eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes basin. The GLC recommends policies and practices to balance the use, development, and conservation of the water resources of the Great Lakes and brings the region together to work on issues that no single community, state, province, or nation can tackle alone. Learn more at


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