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Matt Doss
Policy Director
Great Lakes Commission
734‐396‐6064
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What the Great Lakes mean to Québec

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This is all placeholder text – replace with QUEBEC-specific text. More than 3,000 miles of freshwater coast and 11,000 inland lakes provide Michigan residents, businesses, and visitors with access to nearly 20 percent of the world’s surface freshwater. More than 660,000 Michigan jobs and $49 billion in resulting annual wages are directly linked to the Great Lakes through farming, manufacturing, mining, and energy production.

Recreation and Tourism

Additionally, recreational boating contributes nearly $4 billion in spending to Michigan and creates over 50,000 jobs. The fishing industry results in $2 billion in revenue annually to Michigan; coastal tourism in the state, including birding and beach visits, contribute 57,000 jobs and $955 million annually. Each of these industries benefits significantly from continued local, state, and federal efforts to protect and restore the critical water resources in Michigan on which they rely.

Commercial Shipping

Michigan’s economy benefits from its proximity to the lakes as a primary source of commerce. Great Lakes shipping, freight/commercial traffic, and warehousing are responsible for over 65,000 jobs and $3.3 in annual wages in Michigan.

The Blue Economy

Emerging water growth sectors such as water technology product and service firms account for 138,000 in Michigan. Water cleanup, waterfront development and recreation activities contribute more over 175,000 jobs and $12.5 billion annually. Additionally, water research, education, and conservation organizations support jobs and economic growth across the state. Research universities alone conducted $300 million worth of research in recent years, and water conservation organizations employed 2,700 people and provided $80 million in income.

These water resources present a unique opportunity to grow and strengthen Michigan’s “Blue Economy” by implementing development strategies centered around our Great Lakes. As technology companies and research institutions increasingly engage in sustainable, clean-water innovation, a multi-billion-dollar market opportunity has been created and expanded upon. The opportunity to participate in the expanding sustainability movement has the potential to attract top talent to the state and strengthen Michigan’s legacy of responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

Click the filter icon on the left side of the map to view projects by state or use the search bar to enter zip codes or addresses to narrow your search.

Click on the orange dots to learn more about specific projects, funding sources, restoration partners, and project outcomes.

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To see an expanded map of GLRI projects in Minnesota and across the region visit click here. 

For More Information

Matt Doss
Policy Director
Great Lakes Commission
734‐396‐6064
[email protected]

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