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Sustaining the Great Lakes Project

National Wildlife Federation

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $500,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2014–December 31, 2015
  • Location Reston, VA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

About this grant

The Great Lakes provide habitat for fish and wildlife, serve as economic engines for various industries, and supply recreational opportunities and drinking water for more than 40 million people. One avenue for protecting this ecosystem is through the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, which offers safeguards from water diversions outside of the Great Lakes Basin. The National Wildlife Federation, a national conservation group with a strong presence in the Great Lakes Basin, partners with regional- and state-level organizations to ensure the compact is effectively implemented. With previous Mott support, the grantee developed relevant policy recommendations, provided scientific and legal assistance to state-level partners, and lead public education efforts. This grant renewal will allow the grantee to continue this compact-related, water quantity work while also supporting the grantee’s efforts to improve water quality in the Great Lakes by addressing threats such as invasive species, toxic pollution, and harmful algal blooms.