Publications

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition has published a series of reports documenting the challenges facing the Great Lakes—and the opportunities to be gained from implementing manageable solutions.

“Wisconsin Great Lakes Restoration Projects Producing Results for People, Communities”
Milwaukee, Wisconsin—a city on the cutting edge of stormwater infrastructure improvements using best management practices. As you will see from this publication, Wisconsin, as a whole, is at the center of many innovative projects to cleanup, restore, and protect the Great Lakes.
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Produced by Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition September 2013
“Great Lakes Restoration Projects Producing Results for People, Communities”
Report documents more than 30 successful Great Lakes restoration projects in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
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Produced by Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition March 2013, 36 pages (7 MB)
“Cleveland Great Lakes Restoration Projects Producing Results for People, Communities”
Report documents how Great Lakes restoration projects in and around Cleveland, Ohio, are benefiting the environment and the economy.
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Produced by Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition September 2012, 16 pages
“Great Lakes Restoration Projects: Producing Results for People, Communities”
Report chronicles successful Great Lakes restoration projects in the states of Indiana, Michigan, New York and Ohio are helping heal the Lakes and the communities which depend on them.
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Produced by Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition February 2012, 24 pages
“The Case for Federal Farm Bill Conservation Programs in the Great Lakes Region” Report documents how conservation measures on farms across the region are protecting natural resources, helping farmers improve productivity and providing jobs. Read the report. Produced by Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition March 2012, 24 pages, 7 MB
“Great Lakes Restoration: Delivering Results” Report documents successful Great Lakes restoration projects in the region. Read the report. Produced by Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition March 2011, 8 pages, 3.7 MB
“Progress and Promise: 21 Stories that Showcase Successful Great Lakes Restoration Projects” Report chronicles how communities across the Great Lakes region have successfully worked to control sewage contamination, confront invasive species, clean up toxic pollution and restore wildlife habitat through innovation, partnerships and collaboration. Read the report. Produced by Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition September 2010, 44 pages, 7.5 MB
“Faces of Restoration: People Working to Restore the Great Lakes” Report examines a handful of restoration case studies that demonstrate how investments in Great Lakes restoration lead to job creation in a broad and diverse array of fields. Read the report. Produced by Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition September 2010, 8 pages, 4.9 MB
“Turning the Tide: Investing in Wastewater Infrastructure to Create Jobs and Solve the Sewage Crisis in the Great Lakes” Communities that rely on the Great Lakes for drinking water, economic development and recreation dump tens of billions of gallons of untreated sewage and wastewater every year into the nation’s largest source of surface fresh water. The report also looks at the incredible potential to create jobs and generate economic benefit from investments in traditional and green infrastructure. Read the press release. Read the report. Produced by Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition August 2010, 40 pages, 3.3 MB
“Great Lakes Restoration and the Threat of Global Warming” Report synthesizes current climate change science and presents the likely impacts warming temperatures will have on the Lakes, including lower lake levels, more sewage overflows, and increased pressure to divert Great Lakes water. The Great Lakes can lessen the impact of global warming or become global warming’s victim—it all depends on Congressional action. Read the press release. Read the report. Produced by Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition May 2008, 36 pages, 2.9 MB
Brookings Institution: “Healthy Waters, Strong Economy: The Benefits of Restoring the Great Lakes Ecosystem” The cost-benefit analysis, conducted by the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, finds that every $1 investment to improve the health of the Great Lakes will produce almost $2 in economic benefit to the eight-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Read the press release. Read the report. Produced by Brookings Institution Summer 2007, 16 pages, 206 KB
“Place-Specific Benefits of Great Lakes Restoration: A Supplement to the ‘Healthy Waters’ Report” Supplement to the “Healthy Waters, Strong Economy” report finds that major Great Lakes cities will see economic gains between $200 million to $13.3 billion if the Great Lakes are restored. Analysis shows that a significant portion of those gains would go directly to major population centers on the shores of the Lakes—including Buffalo, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Duluth, Minn.; Erie, Pa.; Gary, Ind.; and Milwaukee, Wis. Read the report. Produced by Brookings Institution February 2008, 2 pages, 374 KB
“Cultivating Restoration: How Farm Bill Conservation Programs Help Heal Our Great Lakes” Report underscores how important Farm Bill conservation programs are to Great Lakes farmers, water quality, wildlife and the Great Lakes. Read the report. Produced by Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition February 2007, 16 pages, 795 KB
Prescription for Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection and Restoration: Avoiding the Tipping Point of Irreversible Change “Prescription for Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection and Restoration: Avoiding the Tipping Point of Irreversible Changes” More than 250 scientists from around the region endorse paper describing how the cumulative threats to the Great Lakes are weakening the immune system of the Lakes—making it harder for the ecosystem to respond to new threats such as pollution and invasive species. Paper argues for a comprehensive effort to restore the resiliency of the Lakes. Read the report. Produced by Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition Technical Advisory Committee December 2005, 39 pages, 540 KB

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