Current Projects

Great Lakes Protection and Restoration

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers are spearheading regional efforts to protect and restore our Great Lakes. More »

Water Management

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers are helping to keep the lakes at healthy levels and ensuring the sustainable use of the world's largest source of surface fresh water. More »

Aquatic Invasive Species

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers are working aggressively to combat the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as the Asian Carp. More »

International Trade

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers promote exports from our region's small and medium-sized companies through a network of foreign trade offices and missions . More »

Maritime Transportation

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers are working to improve and foster reinvestment in the regional maritime transportation system. More »


The Great Lakes USA partnership markets the region to visitors from the United Kingdom and German-speaking countries. View Site »

Cruise the Great Lakes is a collaboration of the region’s States, Provinces and partners working together to grow regional cruising. View Site »

Partner Project

Great Lakes Protection Fund

In 1989, the Great Lakes Governors formed the Great Lakes Protection Fund.  As the nation's first multi-State, not-for-profit, environmental endowment, the Fund issues grants to support regional collaborative efforts focusing on enhancing the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.  The member States also receive Fund monies through State shares based on their original contribution to the Fund. View Site »

Past Projects

For further information on past projects, please contact the staff.

Report on the Regional Economy

In 2016, a special report was commissioned by the GSGP on the Regional Economy.

2016 Special Report on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Regional Economy

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Report on Clusters and the Regional Economy 

In 2015, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers released a report by Dr. Christian Ketels of the Harvard Business School faculty, entitled “Clusters and Regional Economies:Implications for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region.”  A copy of the report can be found here.

The Auto Project

As part of the Great Lakes Governors' Pollution Prevention Challenge, the Governors helped prevent automotive pollution through a voluntary partnership.

The Brownfields Project

The Great Lakes Governors accelerated State land re-use programs with regional unity and focus.

Great Lakes Biomass State Regional Partnership

The Governors encouraged greater production and use of biomass for energy generation.  The partnership was administered under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy from 1983-2009.  

Great Lakes Recycle

The Governors created a partnership to promote the use of recycled materials.

Great Lakes Water Quality Initiative

The Governors helped coordinate new State water quality regulations to meet the first Basin-wide guidelines.

The Pioneering Partners Foundation

The Governors brought together teachers who had successfully employed technology in the classroom and provided them with grant funding, specialized training, and on-going support to spread their technology-based innovations to their peers and the region’s students.

The Great Printers Project

The Governors developed tools, beyond permits and inspections, to help the printing industry meet environmental goals.

Spill Protection Initiative

The Governors created a partnership among the Sates and five major oil companies--Amoco, BP America, Marathon, Mobil, and Sun Oil--to better prevent and respond to oil spills.

Water Conservation and Efficiency Initiative

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers developed recommendations for the first Basin-wide goals and objectives for water conservation and efficiency.   

Water Resources Managers Initiative

The Council of Great Lakes Governors created a resource kit, available here, for water managers with practical information for assessing individual and cumulative impacts of water uses.  The Council also developed a regional process and tools for performing Basin-wide cumulative water use impact assessments. 

Water Use Information Initiative

The Council of Great Lakes Governors identified improvements for collecting, sharing and using regional water use information.  The Great Lakes States, Ontario and Québec are continuing to work to ensure that high-quality water use information is being collected, made publicly available and used to inform management decisions.

Workforce Quality Initiative

The Governors developed the Great Lakes Guarantee--a portable, regional endorsement of State or national industry skill standards. 

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