Information Management Advocacy

The Great Lakes Commission and its member states and provinces require access to high-quality, curated information about Great Lakes issues from neutral and authoritative sources to guide investments and ensure cooperative progress toward our shared, regional objectives.

2018 Legislative Request

The Great Lakes Commission calls on federal agencies to manage and share data and information to guide investments and measure progress toward common goals for the Great Lakes. This includes support for the Blue Accounting initiative, which the Commission is implementing together with The Nature Conservancy to allow Great Lakes leaders to track investments and assess progress toward desired outcomes for environmental, economic and social priorities.

The federal government should maintain structures to strengthen dialogue and decision-making across agencies and to coordinate with state and local initiatives. This includes the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force to coordinate federal agency actions; a Great Lakes Advisory Board to provide recommendations from nonfederal stakeholders; an Action Plan to strategically target restoration efforts and measure progress; and annual reports to Congress to ensure accountability.

The above legislative request is included as part of the Great Lakes Commission 2018 Legislative Priorities: An Agenda for Great Lakes Restoration and Economic Revitalization (Presented to the 115th Congress: March 2018)


The Great Lakes Basin Compact directed the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) to “collect, correlate, interpret, and report on data relating to the water resources and the use thereof in the Basin or any portion thereof.” Since its inception, the GLC has been a trusted source of information through many programs, including the Great Lakes Information Network. The GLC continues to assemble, curate, manage and deliver information to support the conservation and balanced use of the waters of the Great Lakes.

Decision-makers need improved information to guide investments and measure progress toward our common goals for the Great Lakes. At the request of the Great Lakes governors, the GLC, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, is developing Blue Accounting, a regional information strategy that provides Great Lakes leaders with measures of progress toward shared desired outcomes on a broad range of human uses, economic activities and conservation priorities. To be effective, this strategy requires sustained support and cooperation from government agencies, business and industry, and other partners.

For More Information

Matt Doss
Policy Director
Great Lakes Commission
[email protected]

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