Great Lakes Protection and Restoration
Environment Program Strategy: Great Lakes Restoration
Goal: Protect and restore the Great Lakes by resolving the most critical basin-wide threats to the region’s water resources.
Theory of Change: The health and resiliency of the Great Lakes may be significantly improved by simultaneously making progress on three interconnected issues: aquatic invasive species; nonpoint source pollution, especially excess nutrients from cities and farms; and advancing and defending key state, regional, and federal policies and funding.
The Joyce Approach
Prevent The Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
Strengthen federal and state ballast water policy.
Prevent movement of aquatic invasive species between Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins via Chicago Area Waterway.
Encourage a new vision for the St. Lawrence Seaway that may include modified operations.
Increase state collaboration on aquatic invasive species prevention and management.
Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution
Reduce nonpoint source pollution from urban landscapes (Milwaukee).
Reduce nonpoint source pollution from agricultural landscapes (Western Lake Erie Basin).
Support strategic pilots and policy shifts to promote green stormwater management infrastructure.
Promote water quality monitoring, science and research.
Make the Great Lakes a Policy and Funding Priority
Ensure effective Great Lakes Compact implementation.
Support state and regional groups to defend and advance policies to protect and restore the Great Lakes.
Support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other federal and state Great Lakes funding efforts.
Convene critical partners to enable maximum progress on these issues.
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