Office of the Great Lakes

Office of the Great Lakes logoMichigan's two peninsulas are defined by the Great Lakes. They shape our lifestyle and economy, as well as our coasts. The natural beauty of the "sweetwater seas" last year attracted 3.2 million out-of-state visitors who, odds are, enjoyed a taste of the 65 million pounds of fresh fish the lakes provide each year. The Great Lakes Basin is also home to 40 million residents in the U.S. and Canada.

Michigan's Office of the Great Lakes leads policy development and implements programs to protect, restore and sustain our most precious natural resource. The office collaborates with partners to support sustainable use of these coastal resources, coordinate restoration of severely degraded areas, manage water quality and quantity, prevent aquatic invasive species and engage in emerging issues. We are committed to our Great Lakes mission to ensure a healthy environment, strong economy and high quality of life. We are honored to serve the people of Michigan in our work.

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Areas of Concern Coastal Zone Management

Great Lakes Coordination Program

2015 State of the Great Lakes Report

Michigan's Water Strategy

Emergency Dredging Community Toolkit

What's New:

State Comments on Proposal to Transport Crude Oil Through St. Clair River Pipelines

Water Strategy highlighted in Model D

White Lake has reached another milestone on the road to recovery

Jon Allan testified on Great Lakes/Mississippi River separation and interim measures

Listen to Jon Allan's interview with Greening of the Great Lakes

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River/Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Study Lays Out Prevention Options

MLive editorial lauds restoration progress

WKAR's Current State talks Michigan Water Strategy

Associated Press story details MI plan for Great Lakes

White paper on Michigan's "blue economy from MEC

"Great Lakes Restoration at Work" Interactive Map

International Joint Commission Upper Great Lakes Study Microsite

OGL Links:

State of the Great Lakes Reports Archive

-Aquatic Invasive Species

-Water Use

-Ballast Water

-Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

-Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund

-MI Great Lakes Plan

General DEQ Great Lakes Information 


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