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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, 2018–December 31, 2019
  • 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. 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 protect and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem. The grantee led efforts to pass and implement the Great Lakes Compact, an interstate agreement that limits out-of-basin diversions and calls on all Great Lakes states to effectively manage their water resources. The grantee also plays an important role in improving Great Lakes water quality by addressing threats such as invasive species, toxic pollution, and harmful algal blooms. This renewal grant will allow the grantee to continue and deepen these efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes, particularly through informing policy and monitoring implementation, providing scientific information and assistance, leading public education, and building a diverse base of collaborators.