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Great Lakes Washington Program

Northeast-Midwest Institute

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $250,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2005–December 31, 2006
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

About this grant

The Great Lakes Washington Program of the Northeast-Midwest Institute connects organizations working within the Great Lakes basin to federal-level policy discussions. It works to promote bipartisan efforts to protect and enhance the Great Lakes region; identify federal policy options that can improve ecosystem initiatives in the Great Lakes basin; conduct briefings; and prepare issue analyses.Multiyear funding will enable the institute to continue advancing Great Lakes restoration efforts; promote policies to counteract invasive species; encourage bipartisan and bicameral cooperation around the Annex 2001 issue; advance communication and cooperation among diverse Great Lakes stakeholders; lead efforts to create an International Great Lakes Islands Refuge to protect freshwater islands; and study the change in property values of contaminated sites subsequent to clean-up efforts.Recent accomplishments included promoting a study that clarified the need for a broad Great Lakes restoration effort and improved coordination among federal agencies; and creating the Great Lakes Cities Initiative, enabling mayors from the region to participate in issues concerning the Great Lakes.