Alliance for the Great Lakes

Our mission at the Alliance for the Great Lakes is to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife.
Plastic pollution collected during the September cleanup. Credit: Lloyd DeGrane, Alliance for the Great Lakes

The Alliance is the oldest Great Lakes organization devoted 100 percent to the lakes. Our professional staff works with scientists, policymakers, businesses, community groups and everyday citizens to protect and restore the world's largest surface freshwater resource.

From forging forward-looking Great Lakes policies to promoting Great Lakes education to on-the-ground efforts to improve thousands of miles of Great Lakes shoreline, we've been out front and behind the scenes caring for the lakes since 1970.

Learn more about our programs, the problems we address and how you can get involved.

1845 N Farwell Ave
Suite 100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
December 12, 2017
December 8, 2017 (Chicago) – Advocates today set the record straight about the clear and present danger Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes ecosystem and regional economy.
December 12, 2017
This summer, a layer of green sludge coated the shores and surface of western Lake Erie, which provides drinking water for 11 million people.
December 12, 2017
Adopt-a-Beach volunteers (or Great Lakes superheroes, as we like to call them) clean beaches on all 5 Great Lakes and in all 8 Great Lakes states. And across that huge geography, there is one commonality: plastic.
December 12, 2017
The Great Lakes region is huge — home to nearly 40 million people. We need help connecting with all of those people and letting them know about issues facing the Great Lakes. So two years ago, the Alliance started a new kind of volunteer program: the Alliance Ambassadors.
Alliance for the Great Lakes
December 5, 2017
Flint, Michigan has become a national symbol for drinking water crises and dereliction of water leadership. While the confluence of failures in Flint made the town’s water story exceptionally appalling, a number of the problems that contributed to the crisis are systemic across the G
December 5, 2017
In late October, the Alliance had the honor of hosting, recognizing, and celebrating our Chicago-land volunteers for all they do to give back to the Great Lakes. Alliance volunteers cleanup beaches, connect with their community, and protect the lakes — and they’ve been working hard all year.
December 5, 2017
The Great Lakes face a slew of threats right now. But the next generation of Great Lakes leaders is ready to lead the charge to protect them and the 40 million people who rely on them.
March 13, 2017
“We’ve seen numerous news reports this morning that the Trump Administration may propose massive reductions in funding for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and essential programs within the agency, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Gutting the U.S.
March 13, 2017
Friends and family of the Alliance’s Young Professional Council gathered to celebrate the group’s first ever fundraiser, held at Patagonia Magnificent Mile last weekend.
February 19, 2016
Good afternoon. My name is Molly Flanagan. I’m Vice President of Policy at the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
January 8, 2016
An application by the city of Waukesha, Wis., to divert Great Lakes water was forwarded by Wisconsin today to the governors of the eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian premiers.
December 20, 2015
The Alliance for the Great Lakes applauds the U.S. Senate’s vote today to adopt the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 and encourages President Obama to sign the bill into law when it reaches the White House. We thank Sens.
December 19, 2015
The U.S. House and Senate passed a 2016 federal omnibus budget today that includes important Great Lakes priorities to protect clean water, prevent new invasive species and help keep Great Lakes beaches and rivers healthy and safe for people and wildlife.
October 16, 2015
July 11, 2015
A new, independent analysis released today shows that Waukesha, Wisconsin can provide clean drinking water to its residents without diverting water from Lake Michigan.
July 9, 2015
The Compact Implementation Coalition will hold a press briefing announcing an alternative plan to Waukesha’s Great Lakes water diversion application Thursday, July 9th at 10:00am.
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