Great Lakes

Calendar counting down to May 12th, 2021 - Deadline for Line 5 Shutdown

Line 5 Decommissioning: Next Steps

November 28, 2020

On November 13th, after 15 months of reviewing violations of Enbridge’s 1953 easement to operate Line 5, Governor Whitmer and the Department of Natural Resources revoked and terminated the 1953 easement allowing Line 5 to operate in the Straits of Mackinac. This was a huge victory, and is something that Clean Water Action and our allies have been demanding and working towards for years. We are celebrating this victory, but the fight to decommission Line 5 continues.  Here are the most relevant moving pieces and next steps.

Minnesota’s Great Lakes Day team meeting with Republican U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn (CD-1)

Minnesotans Meet with Congressional Delegation to Prioritize Great Lakes Protection and Drinking Water

March 24, 2020

Clean Water Action Minnesota was in DC to talk about and support the GLRI Act of 2019 and advocated for significantly increasing federal funding for clean water and safe drinking water programs. The GLRI Act would provide stability for Great Lakes funding for at least five years, provide secure and stable funding, and will encourage more state and local governments, as well as private businesses, to invest in protection and restoration across the Great Lakes basin. 

Icebergs on Lake Superior-Justin Vrba

Great Lakes Restoration and Protection Cut in Trump's Budget

March 15, 2018

The Great Lakes are national treasures.

Not just for the millions of tourists that visit the scenic shores each year, but for the diverse ecosystem that lives beneath the surface and yes, the millions of people, like you that depend on the Great Lakes for fresh water.

The Great Lakes contain 20% of the Earth's fresh surface water which makes them vital to the people, communities, wildlife, and economy of the eight-state Great Lakes region.

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch

Protecting Lake Erie and Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard

August 9, 2017

Forty-five years ago, Lake Erie was so polluted that TIME Magazine stated it was, “in danger of dying by suffocation.” Although there was a massive clean-up effort on the local, state, and federal level, Lake Erie once again experienced the largest harmful algal bloom in recorded history in 2011, with a peak intensity over three times greater than any previously observed bloom.

Clean Water Action Organizer Wendy Heath with Senator Al Franken

My First Lobbying Experience: A Report from D.C.

May 3, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to talk to Minnesota legislators about Great Lakes protection.

Split Rock Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Bringing the Great Lakes to Washington

April 7, 2016

In March, we led a group of eight Minnesotans to Washington, D.C. for Great Lakes Day to continue our education and advocacy with the Minnesota Congressional delegation. We were joined by nearly 100 other advocates from around the Great Lakes region who were meeting with their representatives from Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.  

Our team met with Senator Franken, Senator Klobuchar, and Representative Rick Nolan in person, and with staff from the offices of Representatives Kline, McCollum, Paulsen, Peterson, and Walz.    

Lake Superior in the Winter

Healing Our Waters

October 1, 2015

During the last week of September, Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition brought together a diverse group of more than 400 people from throughout the Great Lakes region to attend the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Chicago.