NEW REPORT: Over 200,000 volunteers have participated in Great Lakes beach cleanups through our Adopt-a-Beach program. 86% of the litter they find is made either partially or fully of plastic.

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Protecting Water, Sustaining Life

The Alliance for the Great Lakes is a nonpartisan nonprofit working across the region to protect our most precious resource: the fresh, clean, and natural waters of the Great Lakes.

Advocacy & Leadership

We partner with communities and decision makers to develop actionable solutions that protect the lakes and our communities.

Research & Analysis

Our research and analysis inform community leaders and guide policy to protect the Great Lakes.

Education & Action

We support people and communities in protecting the lakes by providing action-oriented information and programs.

Tell Congress: Protect the Great Lakes in 2024

Too many Great Lakers experience polluted water – whether it’s lead-tainted tap water or algal blooms fouling waterways. Invasive species threaten our lakes. Plastic pollutes our beaches and drinking water.

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