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Environment Program

Saving Energy and Restoring the Great Lakes


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.

Latest News From The Environment Program


Healing Our Waters Coalition Meets in Chicago

This week, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is meeting in Chicago for its 11th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference.

6/15/2015 4:22:00 PM

Joyce Commends Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario for Historic Agreement to Protect Lake Erie

The agreement commits to reduce the flow of nutrient pollution into the Western Lake Erie Basin by 40 percent.


Joyce Foundation Approves 45 Grants

On April 21, 2015 the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors approved 45 grants spanning 7 programmatic priorities.


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