Great Lakes Restoration
The Great Lakes are a breathtaking and unique natural resource. More than 35 million people in eight states and Canada depend on the Lakes for their drinking water. The Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario) are a dominant part of the physical and cultural heritage of North America. Shared with Canada and spanning more than 750 miles from west to east, these vast inland freshwater seas are the largest freshwater system on the Earth. Only the polar ice caps contain more fresh water.
The Great Lakes watershed provides habitat for wildlife, including the gray wolf, Canada lynx and the millions of migratory birds that pass through in the spring and fall. But, the Great Lakes are fragile and face serious threats from invasive species, toxins, water diversion, wetland destruction, sewage overflows and climate change.
Download the NCEL Fact Sheet with key points and links to legislation here.
This report zeros in on the Midwest and offers a first step toward defining the range of potential economic consequences to this particular region if we continue on our current greenhouse gas emissions pathway. Interactive graphics and detailed research is included by region. The full report is available here.
This site features stories that illustrates the impact of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative on the people, communities and environment throughout the region. This project includes short films, audio interviews, photos and key facts that can be easily shared. The full website is available here.
The Alliance has developed detailed pages outlining issues such as clean water and invasive species, along with highlighting initiatives to address these threats. The full webpage is available here.
The Great Lakes Commission offers a variety of detailed publications on issues such as water and air quality, habitat restoration and more. The publications are organized by topic here.
This EPA webpage outlines federal actions taken to protect and restore the Great Lakes. Learn more here.
Recent News Stories
2015 was the hottest year on record, and lakes are warming up even more rapidly than the ocean or the atmosphere. A new study has found that normally frigid Lake Superior is one of the more rapidly warming lakes among 235 measured. The average temperature increase of 0.61 degrees per decade doesn’t sound threatening, but even […]
In 2009, Iowa enacted legislation that included an amendment sponsored by NCEL member and former Iowa State Representative Donovan Olson. The amendment (language pasted below) requires a report on the current impacts that climate change has already had on the state.
New York Law Requires Manufacturers and Retailers To Take Back and Recycle Used Rechargeable Batteries
Kavanagh and Krueger Announce Environmental Victory for New York State
Registration for NCEL Members is Open, Deadline October 31
NCEL member State Rep. Jeremy Kalin is the chair of the national Coalition of Legislators for Energy Action Now (CLEAN).