The Northeast-Midwest Institute’s Great Lakes Washington Program (GLWP) serves to energize the bi-partisan Senate and House Great Lakes Task Forces (GLTF) by sponsoring briefings andresearching federal policy optionsand funding needs for programs that contribute to a clean environment, a strong economy, and high quality of life in the Great Lakes basin.  The GLWP analyzes Great Lakes region policy and funding needs in coordination with the executive branch, Congress, and states, along with other Great Lakes experts, organizations, and stakeholders. This program is unique in its ability to provide well-researched objective, unbiased, and non-partisan information.

GLWP Principles:
The Great Lakes Washington Program focuses on initiatives that:

  • Reflect consensus-driven bipartisan priorities of the GLTF
  • Address concerns that are relevant to the Great Lakes region and Congress
  • Support Great Lakes protection and restoration while increasing economic sustainability in the region
  • Deliver action and results for the Great Lakes

GLWP Services:
The Great Lakes Washington Program provides services that include the following:

  • Interfacing with NEMW GLTFs to support informed objectives and effective action
  • Identifying and communicating Great Lakes policy and funding needs to the GLTFs
  • Researching policies to support development of consensus GLTF legislative and administrative proposals
  • Monitoring relevant legislative, policy, and budget matters
  • Planning and holding briefings on Great Lakes legislative issues
  • Strengthening lines of communication among Great Lakes interests
  • Representing the GLWP at various functions
  • Periodically providing project specific research and information on issues consistent with the goal of the GLWP

Regular Annual GLWP Objectives:

  • Document and disseminate the funding histories for federal programs that benefit the Great Lakes as a basis for GLTF action
  • Research and report implications of a range of possible funding levels in consultation with federal program managers and regional program “consumers”
  • Inform the Great Lakes congressional delegations of programs’ roles in protecting and restoring the Great Lakes ecosystem, and assist them in coordinating their efforts to support key programs
  • Interface with state officials and regional advocacy groups on GLTF funding and policy priorities
  • Inform regional networks and interested parties on a timely basis about the progress and results of the appropriations process