About The Great Lakes Protection Fund

The Great Lakes Protection Fund is a private, nonprofit corporation formed in 1989 by the Governors of the Great Lakes states. It is a permanent environmental endowment that supports collaborative actions to improve the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

To date, the Fund has made 248 grants and program related investments representing more than $66.1 million to support the creative work of collaborative teams that test new ideas, take risks, and share what they learn.

To learn more, visit www.glpf.org

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

IWR will work with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) to assist with identifying and selecting some of the pilot and beta-testing communities. GLSLCI is a bi-national coalition of mayors and other local officials, based in Chicago, IL, that works actively with federal, state, and provincial governments to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. This group will provide critical support in working with mayors and cities in the Great Lakes. In addition, the cities’ regular communication and other interactions are a great environment for stimulating friendly competitive rivalry amongst each other, while improving their cities and the Great Lakes.

The Nature Conservancy

Another partner will be The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  IWR is currently working with TNC in Saginaw Bay and the Paw Paw River Watershed. The culmination of the Saginaw project will result in an online system that equips decision makers with multiple environmental tools seamlessly integrated to improve water quality and restore wildlife habitat in these areas. The tools include a sediment delivery calculator, a water recharge calculator, nutrient load calculator, a tool for targeting best placement for management strategies, and a suite of Ag and Non Ag threat indexes for stream segments and watersheds. The tools and knowledge from this project will be expanded to cover the Great Lakes Basin and incorporated into the Learning Laboratory.

The Nature Conservancy

Another partner will be The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  IWR is currently working with TNC in Saginaw Bay and the Paw Paw River Watershed. The culmination of the Saginaw project will result in an online system that equips decision makers with multiple environmental tools seamlessly integrated to improve water quality and restore wildlife habitat in these areas. The tools include a sediment delivery calculator, a water recharge calculator, nutrient load calculator, a tool for targeting best placement for management strategies, and a suite of Ag and Non Ag threat indexes for stream segments and watersheds. The tools and knowledge from this project will be expanded to cover the Great Lakes Basin and incorporated into the Learning Laboratory.

The Nature Conservancy

Another partner will be The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  IWR is currently working with TNC in Saginaw Bay and the Paw Paw River Watershed. The culmination of the Saginaw project will result in an online system that equips decision makers with multiple environmental tools seamlessly integrated to improve water quality and restore wildlife habitat in these areas. The tools include a sediment delivery calculator, a water recharge calculator, nutrient load calculator, a tool for targeting best placement for management strategies, and a suite of Ag and Non Ag threat indexes for stream segments and watersheds. The tools and knowledge from this project will be expanded to cover the Great Lakes Basin and incorporated into the Learning Laboratory.

The Nature Conservancy

Another partner will be The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  IWR is currently working with TNC in Saginaw Bay and the Paw Paw River Watershed. The culmination of the Saginaw project will result in an online system that equips decision makers with multiple environmental tools seamlessly integrated to improve water quality and restore wildlife habitat in these areas. The tools include a sediment delivery calculator, a water recharge calculator, nutrient load calculator, a tool for targeting best placement for management strategies, and a suite of Ag and Non Ag threat indexes for stream segments and watersheds. The tools and knowledge from this project will be expanded to cover the Great Lakes Basin and incorporated into the Learning Laboratory.