June 01, 2020

Sustained funding through U.S. programs like GLRI and GLLA and Canadian programs such as Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health and the Great Lakes Protection Initiative is needed to restore all AOCs. Other major AOC program achievements include use of locally-designed ecosystem approaches, contaminated sediment remediation, habitat rehabilitation, controlling eutrophication, and advancing science.


Key lessons learned include: ensure meaningful public participation; engage local leaders; establish a compelling vision; establish measurable targets; practice adaptive management; build partnerships; pursue collaborative financing; build a record of success; quantify benefits; and focus on life after delisting.

April 27, 2020

Conversations over the past few years with policy makers, researchers, and stakeholders led us to a realization: our region has a big opportunity. Using smart technology, the Great Lakes region has the chance to become more connected than ever, allowing us to understand the entire watershed in new ways.


We’re calling this vision Smart Great Lakes. It means advancing technology applications that improve our understanding, management, and use of the Great Lakes. And this year, we launched the Smart Great Lakes Initiative to gather partners who share the vision. Starting now, we will work to strengthen this initiative and develop a technology platform that can enable the flow of data and information to make Smart Great Lakes possible.

November 15, 2019

Binational Webinar on Nutrient Reduction Efforts in Lake Erie.

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