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Great Lakes Program: Overview

p>The Great Lakes hold one fifth of the world's fresh surface water supply and currently provide drinking water to over 42 million people. Yet each day, our Lakes are damaged economically and ecologically by untreated sewage, industrial pollutants, habitat loss and invasive species. Climate change will only make these problems worse. Unless we invest in a solution today, the price we pay tomorrow will be much higher and future generations may never experience the Lakes as we know them.

Fortunately, there are solutions to these problems. But we must act now.

Federal and state governments should implement the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy, a comprehensive plan to restore and protect the Great Lakes. By implementing this plan, we will increase the resiliency and functioning of the Great Lakes ecosystem, protecting our communities and our environment from the worst impacts of global warming. In addition, we will address many of the problems that affect our use and enjoyment of the Great Lakes.

Sign up to help protect the Great Lakes!

Download our Activist Toolkit

Download the Great Lakes program's Activist Toolkit.Learn more about these issues and about what you can do to protect the Great Lakes by downloading our Activist Toolkit, which includes material on the Regional Collaboration and:

  • Invasive Species
  • Coastal Health and Polluted Runoff
  • Toxic Pollution
  • Habitat Loss
  • Water Diversion
  • How to Get Involved



More: What Your Neighbors Are Doing to Help

Find out what Sierra Club members across the region are doing to restore and protect the Great Lakes!

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