Looking Ahead: 2021 Annual Report

In 2021 the Alliance made important progress on protecting the lakes for all communities across the 1,000-mile-wide watershed that call this region home.

Long-needed investments were implemented in communities to keep drinking water safe and pollution out of the lakes, and continued leadership in stopping the invasive species that threaten our way of life. Most importantly, we saw people across the region energized by the idea that safe and clean water is a basic need that all life depends on.

Thanks to supporters like you, we’re proud to say we’ve achieved a lot this year.

Download the Alliance for the Great Lakes 2021 Annual Report, which includes a message from our President & CEO Joel Brammeier, a report on the Alliance’s finances, a listing of our generous donors, and more.

2021 Program Achievements

Advocacy & Leadership

  • We successfully advocated for congressional funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $375 million per year, increasing to $475 million per year by 2026, ensuring more on-the-ground restoration and cleanup projects around the lakes.

Education & Action

Research & Analysis

  • We issued our first Cost to Comply report, detailing the investment and accountability needed to dramatically reduce farm runoff to Green Bay and the Lower Fox River. We’re now applying this method to stop the agricultural pollution that feeds algal blooms in Lake Erie.
  • We educated Detroiters about the causes of the disastrous June floods that damaged thousands of homes and businesses and caused massive sewage overflows – and showed opportunities to use nature-based infrastructure to help alleviate the problems.

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The Great Lakes hold 20% of the world’s supply of surface freshwater and provide drinking water to 40 million people in the region. Your support will help protect these lakes and preserve their legacy of clean water for generations.

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