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Sustaining the Great Lakes Project

National Wildlife Federation

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $270,000
  • Grant Period June 1, 2009–May 31, 2011
  • Location Reston, VA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

About this grant

On December 8, 2008, after an eight-year process that started with negotiations among states and provinces, and followed with ratification by the U.S. Congress, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact became law. This accomplishment is followed by a new challenge: ensuring this compact is implemented effectively in all the Great Lakes states. Renewed support will allow the National Wildlife Federation, a national conservation group with a strong presence in the Great Lakes basin, to continue its leadership role in the region. The federation will work with regional partners and key organizations in each Great Lakes state to ensure the compact is effectively implemented at the state and regional level. The federation will advance this goal by developing policy recommendations, providing scientific and legal support to decisionmakers and other nonprofit organizations, and leading public education and outreach efforts.