Great Lakes Washington Program

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The Great Lakes are a world-class fresh-water resource shared by multiple nations, states, provinces, tribes, and local jurisdictions. At the U.S. federal level alone, 16 senators, 52 representatives, and more than 15 agencies hold sway over Great Lakes management decisions.

Northeast-Midwest Institute’s (NEMWI) Great Lakes Washington Program (GLWP) improves the Great Lakes ecosystem and economy through: a) building relationships among the bipartisan U.S. Senate and House Great Lakes Task Forces of the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions, state, provincial and federal agencies, experts, and stakeholders; b) conducting federal policy research and legislative tracking; and c) serving as a trusted source of Great Lakes information in Washington, DC, through holding Capitol Hill briefings and issuing reports on emerging legislative issues. GLWP research and events are uniquely objective, non-partisan, multi-dimensional and regional.

The Great Lakes Washington Program Principles focuses on initiatives that:

  • Reflect consensus-driven bipartisan priorities of the Great Lakes Task Force
  • Address concerns that are relevant to the Great Lakes region and Congress
  • Support Great Lakes protection and restoration while increasing economic sustainability in the region
  • Deliver action and results for the Great Lakes

In 2014:

  • Hosted annual NEMWI Environmental Summit on Capitol Hill on Feb. 4, 2014
  • Co-hosted annual Great Lakes Congressional breakfast, attended by over 100 Great Lakes policy principles, including 10 Members and staff, on March 6, 2014
  • Organized and hosted 9 Capitol Hill briefings and webinars on wastewater infrastructure, fisheries research, public health, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, among others
  • Produced monthly Great Lakes Hill Happenings on relevant briefings, hearings, letters, and legislation
  • Published analyses of climate resiliency, water resources, and Great Lakes program funding level policies

Upcoming in 2015:

  • In-depth NEMWI report on vacant property revitalization in the Great Lakes
  • NEMWI policy briefings on invasive species, ballast water management, and maritime transportation, among others
  • NEMWI Hill-oriented discussions on Great Lakes priorities, including funding levels and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Washington Program provides services that include the following:

  • Interfacing with Northeast-Midwest Great Lakes Task Forces to support informed objectives and effective action
  • Identifying and communicating Great Lakes policy and funding needs to the Great Lakes Task Forces
  • Researching policies to support development of consensus Great Lakes Task Force legislative and administrative proposals
  • Monitoring relevant legislative, policy, and budget matters
  • Planning and holding briefings on Great Lakes legislative issues
  • Strengthening lines of communication among Great Lakes interests
  • Representing the Great Lakes Washington Program at various functions
  • Periodically providing project specific research and information on issues consistent with the goal of the Great Lakes Washington Program

The Great Lakes Washington Program Objectives:

  • Document and disseminate the funding histories for federal programs that benefit the Great Lakes as a basis for Great Lakes Task Force action
  • Research and report implications of a range of possible funding levels in consultation with federal program managers and regional program “consumers”
  • Inform the Great Lakes congressional delegations of programs’ roles in protecting and restoring the Great Lakes ecosystem, and assist them in coordinating their efforts to support key programs
  • Interface with state officials and regional advocacy groups on Great Lakes Task Force funding and policy priorities
  • Inform regional networks and interested parties on a timely basis about the progress and results of the appropriations process

Great Lakes Washington Program Hill Happenings

Great Lakes Washington Program Reports

Great Lakes Washington Program Briefing and Webinar Recaps

The Great Lakes Washington Program is supported by:
The Joyce Foundation and The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation