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Sustaining the Great Lakes Project

National Wildlife Federation

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $302,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2007–May 31, 2009
  • Location Reston, VA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

About this grant

After nearly five years of negotiation, the Great Lakes governors and premiers endorsed the proposed Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and its companion binational agreement in December 2005. While this was a significant milestone, much work remains to be done as each state must ratify the compact, and Congress must provide its consent before it becomes binding. With previous support, the National Wildlife Federation, a national conservation group with a strong presence in the Great Lakes basin, has played a key leadership role by developing policy recommendations, providing scientific and legal support to decisionmakers and other nonprofit organizations, and leading public education and outreach efforts. With renewal support, the federation will continue in this role as the proposed interstate compact moves through the ratification process.