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Great Lakes Water Quality Standards Project

National Wildlife Federation

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $250,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–December 31, 2005
  • Location Reston, VA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

About this grant

The National Wildlife Federation has led a long-term effort to improve water quality standards for the Great Lakes basin, under the terms of the Clean Water Act. Much of this work has focused on the adoption and implementation of protective standards for bioaccumulative toxins.Multiyear funding will support activities that include monitoring and enforcing permits that allow for the discharge of toxic substances; promoting policies that maintain and improve water quality; and building partnerships with state and local conservation organizations. Funding includes a grant increase enabling the National Wildlife Federation to lead a collaborative effort to assess progress on efforts to influence public policies regarding water resources in the Great Lakes basin and the southeastern United States.Achievements during the past two years included encouraging enforcement and ensuring that state, regional and federal regulations promote compliance with water quality standards; addressing mercury contamination in the Great Lakes basin; and providing leadership and guidance throughout the basin on water quality enforcement and policy.