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
June 26, 2015
Today the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) publicly released its draft review of the City of Waukesha's request to divert water from Lake Michigan — a move that could have ramifications for how the eight-state region of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New Y
June 18, 2015
The governors and premiers of the Great Lakes met the weekend of June 12, 2015 in Quebec City, Quebec. Joel Brammeier, Alliance president and CEO, was in attendance and shared his reflections on the event in the note to supporters below.
May 9, 2015
Solving the nutrient crisis facing the Great Lakes requires an all hands on deck approach.
Groups applaud Asian Carp bill as important step forward; urge regional support
February 27, 2015
Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Candice Miller today introduced the Defending Our Great Lakes Act, an important step forward in efforts to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
Groups call for healthy Lake Erie free from harmful algal blooms
February 26, 2015
The Great Lakes Commission, an interstate agency with representatives appointed by the governors and premiers of all Great Lakes states and provinces, meets today in Washington, DC about six months after nearly 500,000 residents of the Toledo area faced a drinking water ban lasting more than two days because a massive toxic algal bloom made water from Lake Erie unsafe to drink.
A Great Lakes agenda for the new Congress
January 23, 2015
Support for Great Lakes restoration funding and protection against Asian carp are key Great Lakes priorities for the new Congress, with algae-promoting nutrient pollution topping a list of issues to watch with wary eye. The Alliance reached out to congressional members this week with a lineup of Great Lakes priorities needing their attention in 2015.
December 21, 2014
An impressive group of Michigan eighth graders set out this fall to discourage classmates and even some business owners from using cosmetics and household products containing harmful microbeads.
December 21, 2014
At its annual fall board retreat, held this year in Detroit, the Alliance for the Great Lakes named a new board chairwoman and welcomes several new faces to its board of directors and executive committee — all of whom will help guide the organization during a period of unprecedented growth.
December 7, 2014
Last winter saw the release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Great Lakes‐Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) with no clear recommendation for next steps. Although it is no substitute for a permanent solution to the problem, we believe the Great Lakes and Mississippi River need quick action to reduce the risk of invasive species moving between these two great waters.
September 26, 2014
Environmental and conservation groups are applauding mayors from around the region for convening a Great Lakes Water Quality Summit held today in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting, organized by the Great Lakes-St.
September 19, 2014
Thousands of dedicated volunteers will join the Alliance’s annual September Adopt-­a-­Beach™ cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, clearing shorelines in five states while showcasing a passion for stewarding their slice of the Great Lakes.
Researchers highlight sources, concerns about plastic pollution in Great Lakes
May 24, 2014
Plastics large and microscopic are polluting the Great Lakes, but at least one expert says Alliance for the Great Lakes volunteers are doing their part to help combat the problem.
May 2, 2014
Volunteers around the Great Lakes remove almost 500,000 pieces of trash from our shorelines each year — and most of them are plastic. Where does this trash come from? And what happens to plastic trash when it breaks down and gets into our waters? See webinar at the link below:
Great Lakes tar sands shipping: ‘Trying to stop an avalanche?’
April 17, 2014
It is the public — not regulators — who will determine whether the Great Lakes become the next thoroughfare for moving tar sands out of Canada. So said panelists featured in an Alliance webinar that drew more than 100 participants to look at the looming specter of tar sands shipping on the Great Lakes.
April 10, 2014
Snowmelt and thaw are under way now, and the waters around Michigan face the greatest risk of contamination by manure applied on frozen ground in winter – runoff that carries with it a surge of phosphorus that feeds harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay.
March 27, 2014
The introduction of microbead-free waters legislation in the Illinois Legislature takes an important step forward in reducing harmful plastic pollution in the Great Lakes.
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