GLC Federal Priorities 2021

Building a Better Basin: Revitalizing and Protecting the Great Lakes Environment and Economy

Presented to the 117th U.S. Congress: February 2021  |  Download PDF   The eight-state, binational Great Lakes basin is an economic engine for North America, contains more than 90% of our nation’s freshwater and supports vital industries such as automotive production, power generation, agriculture, maritime transportation, tourism, and recreation. Recovering from the COVID-19 crisis provides an opportunity to renew our collective commitment to the complementary goals of environmental protection and economic activity. With nearly one-third of U.S. and Canadian economies centered around the Great Lakes basin, revitalizing and protecting the Great Lakes economy will accelerate and stabilize our national recovery. Investing in these priorities will swiftly generate new jobs and economic activity across multiple sectors in the Great Lakes basin.

Shared Priorities for Building a Better Great Lakes Basin: Equitable Restoration, Revitalization, Resilience

Joint Priorities Statement: February 2021  |  Download PDF   Restoring and protecting the Great Lakes is an enduring, bipartisan priority for the nation and for Great Lakes basin communities. Our organizations support these priorities to accelerate progress, foster equity, build resilience, and ensure the Great Lakes are an environmental treasure, community asset, economic engine, and innovation hub.

The 2021 shared Great Lakes priorities are endorsed by the Great Lakes CommissionGreat Lakes Fishery Commission, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes CoalitionGreat Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities InitiativeChippewa Ottawa Resource AuthorityGreat Lakes Metro Chambers CoalitionAmerican Great Lakes Ports Association, and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus.


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