Great Lakes Commission meets in Chicago, calls for continued collaboration on regional priorities

May 26, 2023 | News and Announcements

Chicago, Illinois – At its Semiannual Meeting, held this week in Chicago, the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) passed resolutions calling for support of critical Great Lakes programs in the 2023 Farm Bill, and expressing its priorities for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan IV. Commissioners also approved a resolution expressing their support for the establishment of a Great Lakes Green Shipping Corridor Network. Green shipping corridors are intended to spur the early adoption of zero-emission fuels and technologies.

“The Great Lakes are enjoying unprecedented support from both federal governments, but we must ensure that agencies continue to collaborate with the states and provinces to strengthen the economic and environmental health of the Great Lakes region for future generations,” said GLC Chair Todd L. Ambs, of Wisconsin. “We look forward to working with these partners on GLRI Action Plan IV, the Farm Bill reauthorization, and the establishment of a green shipping corridor in the Great Lakes. Thanks to our commissioners, observers, and partners for joining us in Chicago.”

During the meeting, the GLC heard keynote remarks from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, and U.S. EPA Region 5 Administrator Debra Shore. The GLC convened expert panels on indigenous perspectives on climate change and resiliency; coastal resiliency planning, capacity, and implementation; and preventing the spread of invasive carp to the Great Lakes. In advance of the meeting, Great Lakes Commissioners and guests visited three coastal restoration locations in Chicago, including Powderhorn Lake, site of a project by GLC and partners to reconnect local waterways with Lake Michigan.

The GLC will next convene in Ohio for its Annual Meeting on October 3-5, 2023. More information will be available on in advance of the meeting.

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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