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Environment Program

Saving Energy and Restoring the Great Lakes

 
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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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