Advocacy

Policy Resolutions

The Great Lakes Commission occasionally will pass a resolution articulating its policy on a specific issue. Links to each of these resolutions are available below, organized by date of passage. Commissioners may vote to sunset a resolution after ten years; sunsetted resolutions have been removed from the website. For information on the implementation activities that are underway, contact Deputy Director Tom Crane, [email protected].

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October 9-11, 2019, in Québec City, Québec

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2019 Annual Meeting, held October 9-11 in Québec City, Québec, the following resolutions were adopted.

  1. Support for Congressional Reauthorization of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
  2. Related to the Public Health Risk from Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and Regional Action to Bolster Collaboration
  3. Great Lakes Commission Commitment to Implement Blue Accounting Principles
  4. Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Québec’s and Ontario’s Declaration of Partnership with the Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes Basin Compact

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May 21-23, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Michigan

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2019 Semiannual Meeting, held May 21-23 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the following resolution was adopted.

  1. Reform of the Harbor Maintenance Tax and Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

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October 2-3, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2018 Annual Meeting, held October 2-3 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the following resolution was adopted.

  1.   Support for Advancing Construction of a Second Poe-Sized Soo Lock

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March 6-7, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2018 Semiannual Meeting, held March 6-7, the following resolutions were adopted.

  1. An Agenda for Great Lakes Restoration and Economic Revitalization: Great Lakes Commission federal priorities for 2018
  2. Great Lakes Priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorization
    1. Farm Bill Priorities Statement
  3. Supporting Growth of the Cruising Industry in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region
  4. U.S.-Canada Trade Integration and the Benefits of Cross-Border Trade

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September 19-20, 2017, in Duluth, Minnesota

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2017 Annual Meeting, held September 19-20 in Duluth, Minnesota, the following resolution was adopted.

  1. Addressing Contaminants of Emerging Concerning the Great Lakes Basin
  2. A Joint Action Plan for Clean Water Infrastructure and Services in the Great Lakes Region
    1. Action Plan  |  Appendices

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March 14-15, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2017 Semiannual Meeting, held March 14-15 in Washington, D.C., the following resolution was adopted.

  1. Ballast Water Management in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River System

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October 6-7, 2016, in Toronto, Ontario

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2016 Annual Meeting, held Oct. 6-7 in Toronto, Ontario, the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Endorsing and supporting implementation of the Governors’ and Premiers’ Maritime Strategy
  2. Providing and maintaining clean water infrastructure and services in the Great Lakes Basin

 

Jul. 27, 2016, via conference call

By action of the eight Great Lakes states in a special meeting of the Great Lakes Commission, held via conference call on July 27, 2016, the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Maintaining Safe and Sustainable Drinking Water and Infrastructure in the Great Lakes Basin
  2. Support for reauthorization of the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

 

Feb. 23-24, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2016 Seminnual Meeting, held Feb. 23-24 in Washington, D.C., the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Great Lakes restoration and economic revitalization: Great Lakes Commission federal priorities for 2016
  2. Advancing outreach efforts to support prevention and control of Great Lakes aquatic invasions
  3. Embracing Great Lakes priorities in 2016 presidential campaign platforms

 

Sept. 28-29, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2015 Annual Meeting, held Sept. 28-29 in Chicago, Ill., the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Support for prohibiting the import of harmful aquatic invasive species 
  2. Advancing coastal community revitalization through strengthened federal legislation and programs
  3. Healing the fractured urban water cycle through integrated water management
  4. A Joint Action Plan for Lake Erie 

 

Feb. 24-25, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2015 Semiannual Meeting, held on Feb. 24-25 in Washington, D.C., the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Sustaining Great Lakes Restoration and Economic Revitalization: Great Lakes Commission federal priorities for 2015
  2. Updating the accuracy of the International Great Lakes Datum (IGLD)
  3. Issues surrounding crude oil transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin

 

Sept. 29-30, 2014, in Buffalo, New York

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2014 Annual Meeting, held on Sept. 30 in Buffalo, N.Y., the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Lake Erie water pollution and drinking water crisis
  2. Flexibility in the federal standard for navigation dredging projects in the Great Lakes basin
  3. Establishing Blue Accounting: A collaborative re-engineering of Great Lakes information strategy and delivery
  4. Support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan II in fiscal years 2015-19

 

Mar. 4-6, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2014 Semiannual Meeting, held on Mar. 4-6, in Washington, D.C., the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Preventing the interbasin transfer of Asian carp and other invasive species 
  2. Sustaining progress under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in fiscal years 2015-19
  3. Strengthening federal protections against the importation and trade of invasive species
  4. Advancing economic strength and environmental integrity for the Great Lakes region: Federal priorities for 2014

 

Sept. 9, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2013 Annual Meeting, held on Sept. 9 in Milwaukee, Wis., the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Support for Great Lakes offshore wind demonstration (pilot) projects
  2. Preventing pollution from persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals in the Great Lakes ecosystem
  3. Recognizing rivermouths: Places vital to the Great Lakes basin that deserve focused restoration and conservation

 

Mar. 5-7, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2013 Semiannual Meeting, held on Mar. 5-7, in Washington, D.C., the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Sustaining Environmental Restoration and Economic Revitalization: Great Lakes Commission Federal Priorities for 2013

 

Sept. 10-11, 2012, in Cleveland, Ohio

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2012 Annual Meeting, held on Sept. 10-11, in Cleveland, Ohio, the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Emergency Preparedness and Response Priorities for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River
  2. Renewable and Clean Energy
  3. Support for Continued Funding for the Great Ships Initiative
  4. Open and Reciprocal Trade Between Canada and the United States

 

Feb. 27-28, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2012 Semiannual Meeting, held on Feb. 27-29, in Washington, D.C., the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Great Lakes Commission Fiscal Year 2013 Federal Priorities
  2. Support For a New Approach to Navigation Maintenance Funding For Federally Authorized U.S. Great Lakes Ports and Harbors
  3. Advancing Solutions to Address the Threat to the Great Lakes From Asian Carp and Other Aquatic Invasive Species
  4. Support for Legislation Promoting Short Sea Shipping on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System
  5. Safeguarding Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Through the Support of U.S. Geological Survey Programs and Partnerships

 

Oct. 11-12, 2011, in Detroit, Michigan

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2011 Annual Meeting, held on Oct. 11-12, in Detroit, Michigan, the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Promoting Adaptive Management in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Region Through Better Coordination of Data and Information
  2. Support for New International Trade Crossing Between Detroit and Windsor

 

Feb. 28 – Mar. 1, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2011 Semiannual Meeting, held on Feb. 28 – Mar. 1, in Washington, D.C., the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Advancing Great Lakes Restoration and Economic Revitalization: Great Lakes Commission Fiscal Year 2012 Federal Priorities
  2. Support for Full Funding and Implementation of the 2011 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework
  3. Renewed Call for Reform of the Harbor Maintenance Tax and Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund  

 

Oct. 7-8, 2010, in Toronto, Ontario

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2010 Annual Meeting, held on Oct. 7-8, in Toronto, Ont., the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Promoting Comprehensive Mercury Monitoring, Research and Reduction Efforts

 

Feb. 22-23, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2010 Semiannual Meeting, held on Feb. 22-23, in Washington, D.C., the following resolution has been adopted.

  1. Fulfilling the Promise for the Great Lakes: Great Lakes Commission Fiscal Year 2011 Federal Priorities for Great Lakes Restoration and Economic Revitalization
  2. Actions to Address the Threat to the Great Lakes from Asian Carp
  3. Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Offshore Wind Energy in the Great Lakes

 

Sep. 29-30, 2009, in Erie, Pennsylvania

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2009 Annual Meeting, held on Sep. 29-30, in Erie, Pennsylvania, the following resolution has been adopted.

  1. The Water Energy-Nexus: Linking Water and Energy Planning in the Great Lakes

 

Oct. 1-2, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s 2007 Annual Meeting, held on Oct. 1-2, in Chicago, Ill., the following resolutions have been adopted.

  1. Support for Adequate Maintenance of Great Lakes Recreational Harbors