The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition consists of more than 170 environmental, conservation, and outdoor recreation organizations; zoos, aquariums, and museums. Our member organizations represent millions of people who share a common goal: restoring and protecting North America’s greatest freshwater resources, the Great Lakes.

Regional or National

Abiinooji-Aki –  Abiinooji-Aki Inc. is a Native American 501c3 offering programs in an Ojibwe cultural setting that are unique and culturally sensitive for individuals all around the country, specifically the four states of MN, MI, IL, and WI. 

Alliance for the Great Lakes – To protect the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow.

American Rivers – To protect healthy rivers, restore damaged rivers and conserve clean water for people and nature.

American Sportfishing Association – Committed to representing the interests of the sportfishing and boating industries as well as the entire sportfishing community.

BlueGreen Alliance – Uniting America’s largest labor unions and its most influential environmental organizations to solve today’s environmental challenges in ways that create and maintain quality jobs and build a stronger, fairer economy.

The Conservation Fund – We make conservation work for America by creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense.

County Executives of America – To help county governments serve the American people in the most responsive, most efficient way

Delta Institute – We collaborate with communities to solve complex environmental challenges across the Midwest.

Ducks Unlimited – Filling the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

Environment America – Protecting the places we love and promoting core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives.

Environmental Law and Policy Center – The Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders.

For Love of Water – To educate, advance policy, and provide solutions to the pressing water, energy and climate issues facing our region, nation and planet.

Freshwater Future – Ensuring the healthy future of our Great Lakes waters.

Great Lakes Observing System – To enhance the ability to collect, deliver, and use Great Lakes information.

Izaak Walton League of America – To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

Lake Erie Charter Boat Association – To encourage and promote sound fisheries management in Lake Erie; support the charter boat industry; and create a better working relationship between the association, law enforcement agencies, politicians, and the sport fishing public.

Land Trust Alliance – To save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America.

League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region – To promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government and act on selected governmental issues affecting the Lake Michigan watershed.

Lighthawk – We fly to save the earth.

National Audubon Society – Where birds thrive, people prosper.

National Parks Conservation Association – Preserving our past. Protecting our future.

National Wildlife Federation – To unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Natural Resources Defense Council – To safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Plastic Oceans – Raising awareness about plastic pollution to inspire behavioral change.

River Network – Connecting people. Saving rivers.

Surfrider Foundation – The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network.

The Stewardship Network – Connects, equips and mobilizes people and organizations to care for land and water in their communities.

Trout Unlimited – To conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Union of Concerned Scientists – Science for a healthy planet and a safer world.

Water Protection Network – We work to protect wildlife, communities, and taxpayers.



Bluestem Communications – We mobilize people to solve environmental issues in areas of greatest inequity.

Brookfield Zoo – To inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.

Environment Illinois – Protecting the places we love and promoting core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives.

Great Lakes Boating Federation – Serving recreational boaters on the Great Lakes and the inland waterways east of the Mississippi.

Illinois Council for Trout Unlimited – Conserving, protecting and restoring our country’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Illinois Environmental Council – to ensure a healthful environment for Illinois residents through advocacy and coalition building.

Illinois Sierra Club – To explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

John G. Shedd Aquarium – To spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world.

League of Women Voters of Illinois – A nonpartisan political organization dedicated to making Democracy work through voter education, issue advocacy, and citizen participation.

Midwest Pesticide Action Center – To reducing the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides by promoting safer alternatives.

Prairie Rivers Network – Illinois’ advocate for clean water and healthy rivers.



Friends of the St. Joe River Association, Inc. – To unite a diverse group of stakeholders in a collaborative effort to protect, restore and foster stewardship of the St. Joseph River Watershed as a critical component of the Great Lakes Basin.

Griffith Izaak Walton League of America – To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

Hoosier Environmental Council – To make Indiana a better place to live, breathe, work, and play.

Indiana Division of the Izaak Walton League of America – To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

Indiana Dunes TourismPromoting the Indiana Dunes and the great communities throughout Porter County to potential visitors.

Indiana Wildlife Federation – To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of Indiana’s wildlife and wildlife habitat through education, advocacy, and action.

League of Women Voters of Indiana – Serving the people of the state of Indiana.

Northwest Indiana Paddling Association – Developing the region’s paddling resources and opportunities, providing environmental stewardship of the region’s waterways, education, and to be a link between the region’s paddlers.

Northwest Indiana Steelheaders – Educating the general public and promoting anadromous sport fishing in the Great Lakes and their tributary streams and rivers.

Save the Dunes – To preserve, protect and restore the Indiana dunes and all natural resources in Northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan Watershed for an enhanced quality of life.

Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter – To explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth.



BaySail-Appledore Schooners – Providing unique sailing experiences to the public and for educational voyages.

Clean Water Action – Michigan – To protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life.

Clinton River Watershed Council – Dedicated to protecting, enhancing and celebrating the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair.

Cranbrook Institute of Science – A natural history and science museum that fosters in its audiences a passion for understanding the world around them and a lifelong love of learning.

Dwight Lydell Chapter of the Izaak Walton League – To conserve, maintain, protect and restore the soil, forest, water and other natural resources of the United States and other lands.

Ecology Center – To develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet.

Environment Michigan – Protecting the places we love and promoting core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives.

Friends of the Detroit River – Envisioning an ever improving quality of life for people, plants and animals in southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario.

Friends of the St. Clair – To inspire citizen action through monitoring, education and stewardship to restore, protect and enhance the St. Clair River and its watersheds

Friends of the Rouge – To restore, protect, and enhance the Rouge River watershed through stewardship, education, and collaboration.

Genesee County Hispanic Latino Collaborative – La Placita – To advocate for the Hispanic-Latino populations in Genesee County in the areas of education, cultural awareness and social needs.

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities – Collaborating respectfully with citizens and leaders to protect everything we love about Michigan.

Huron Pines – At the core of all of our work is a goal to teach and instill a conservation ethic in the hearts of people across Michigan and beyond and to make our communities better places to live, work and enjoy.

Huron River Watershed Council – To protect and restore the Huron River for healthy and vibrant communities.

International Association for Great Lakes Research – A scientific organization made up of researchers studying the Laurentian Great Lakes, other large lakes of the world, and their watersheds, as well as those with an interest in such research.

John Ball Zoological Gardens/John Ball Zoo Society – Inspiring our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment.

Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition – To educate the public regarding the cleanup of the Kalamazoo River superfund site

Kalamazoo River Protection Association – Committed to restoring the recreational and tourism potential of the Kalamazoo River.

Kalamazoo River Sturgeon for Tomorrow – To support the reestablishment and maintenance of a healthy, self-sustaining Lake Sturgeon population in the Kalamazoo River.

League of Women Voters of Michigan – A nonpartisan political organization, dedicated to making democracy work through voter education. Issue advocacy, and citizen participation.

Michigan Audubon Society – Connecting birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research efforts in the state of Michigan.

Michigan Council of Trout Unlimited – To conserve, protect, and restore Michigan’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Michigan Environmental Council – Driving the environmental agenda in Michigan.

Michigan League of Conservation Voters – Nonpartisan political organization in Michigan protecting your land, air, and water.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs – To unite citizens to conserve, protect, and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage.

Michigan Wildlife Conservancy – To restore and conserve fish, wildlife, and habitat throughout the state and teach others to do the same.

Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds – To protect and preserve the history and the natural resources of the Middle Grand River watershed by promoting education, conservation, restoration, and wise use of watershed resources.

Mona Lake Watershed Council – To restore, protect, and maintain for future generations the Mona Lake Watershed as a viable natural resource and to inspire attitudes, awareness, behavior, and knowledge through the use of science and education.

Northern Initiatives – providing loans to small business owners and entrepreneurs in Northern Michigan that might not qualify for loans from traditional banks for a variety of reasons.

Sierra Club – Great Lakes Program – To explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

Sierra Club Michigan – To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council – Protecting our lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater through respected advocacy, innovative education, technically sound water quality monitoring, thorough research, and restoration actions.

Wastewater Education 501(c) 3 – To increase awareness that water quality is directly linked to the use of appropriate wastewater systems and their management.

Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay – Advocates for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and acts to protect and preserve the Bay’s watershed.

We the People of Detroit – dedicated to community coalition building and to the provision of resources that inform, train and mobilize the citizens of Detroit to improve their quality of life.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council – To inform, engage and nurture an inclusive community acting together to protect natural resources, mitigate climate impacts and build a resilient West Michigan.



Clean Water Action – Midwest Office – To protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life.

League of Women Voters of Minnesota – We promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government.

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Using law, science, and research to protect Minnesota’s environment, its natural resources, and the health of its people.

Minnesota Conservation Federation – We are dedicated to the enjoyment, education, and ethical use of our natural resources.

Minnesota Council of Trout Unlimited – To conserve, protect, restore, and sustain Minnesota’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds

Minnesota Environmental Partnership – Strengthening the effectiveness and building the power of our members to achieve the highest quality natural environment for Minnesotans.

St. Louis River Alliance – Working together to protect, restore and enhance the St Louis River.


New York

Buffalo Audubon Society – promoting the appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world through education and stewardship in Western New York and the Great Lakes region.

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper – Protecting and restoring our water and surrounding ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.

Citizens Campaign for the Environment – Works to build widespread citizen understanding and advocacy for policies and actions designed to manage and protect our natural resources and public health.

Environmental Advocates of New York – to protect our air, land, water, and wildlife and the health of all New Yorkers.

Genesee River Watch – To champion solutions that improve the water quality of the Genesee and initiatives that connect people to the River.

League of Women Voters of New York – Making democracy work.

New York State Zoo – To providing natural world experiences that foster an appreciation of the Empire State’s ecosystems through conservation, education, scientific study and responsible recreation.

Onondaga Audubon – To engender in Central and Northern New Yorkers a greater appreciation for their land, water, and other natural resources, and to increase respect for the wildlife that inhabits these places, especially birds.

Residents for Responsible Government – Dedicated to informing residents in the Towns of Porter and Lewiston in Niagara County, NY, about the threats of PCBs and hazardous waste in the community.

Save the River – To protect and preserve the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education, and research.

Seneca Park Zoo – Inspiring our community to connect, care for, and conserve wildlife and wild places.



Environment Ohio – Protecting the places we love and promoting core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives.

Environmental Health Watch – To create healthy homes and sustainable communities by identifying and removing hazards, engaging people, and advancing equitable environmental solutions.

Headwaters Chapter Izaak Walton League of America – Dedicated to putting conservation on the ground and making the earth a healthy place to live.

The Junction Coalition – To provide a viable voice to our neighbors and to cultivate healthy relationships throughout the community.

Lake Erie Advocates – An environmental grassroots organization founded in Toledo, Ohio to protect the Western Lake Erie Basin and the communities that depend on it.

Lake Erie Foundation – To create and maintain a healthy Lake Erie now and forever as defined by drinkable water, recreational contact, and edible fish.

League of Ohio Sportsmen – Serving Ohio’s anglers, hunters, boaters, campers, nature watchers, and all who love Ohio’s natural wonders.

League of Women Voters of Ohio – Making democracy work.

Ohio Conservation Federation – To serve as the leading voice for sportsmen conservationists promoting the wise use and stewardship of Ohio’s wildlife and natural resources.

The Ohio Division of the Izaak Walton League of America – To strive for the purity of water, the clarity of the air, and the wise stewardship of the land and its resources.

Ohio Environmental Council – To secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.

Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund – To protect and enhance the environment and the health of all Ohio communities by advancing critical priorities, holding policymakers accountable, and electing environmental champions.

Ohio Sierra Club – To explore, enjoy, and protect Ohio!

Ohio Wetlands Association – Dedicated to promoting and protecting wetlands throughout Ohio.

Partners for Clean Streams – Dedicated to the health of the streams and rivers of the Toledo region and the people who use them.

Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners – To protect and restore water quality and habitats of the Tinker’s Creek watershed through community partnerships.

West Creek Conservancy – To enrich the lives of people in Greater Cleveland by conserving natural habitats, restoring the ecological value and sustainability of urban lands, and expanding neighborhood opportunities to experience nature.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy – To provide the people of our region with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration.

Winous Point Marsh Conservancy – To protect, restore and enhance wetland habitat and wildlife in the southwest Lake Erie region by serving as advocate, practitioner, and educator.



Environment Erie – Committed to the sustainability of our community’s natural resources through restoration, revitalization, and education.

Lake Erie Region Conservancy – To identify, conserve, and protect the Lake Erie region’s unique natural and cultural resources.

Nature Abounds – To encourage volunteerism and environmental stewardship, along with community values and an overall knowledge of the natural world around us.

Penn Environment – Protecting the places we love and promoting core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives.

PennFuture – PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations. 



Clean Wisconsin – Protecting and preserving Wisconsin’s clean water, clean air, and natural heritage.

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship – Providing a guided pathway to independent dairy farm ownership, developing grazing careers, and strengthening the economic and environmental well-being of rural communities and the dairy industry

Discovery World – Providing fun and educational experiences through interactive exhibits and educational programs for families and students in Milwaukee, the region, and the state of Wisconsin.

Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts – To help land trusts, landowners and communities protect the places that make Wisconsin special.

Green Lake Association – We promote the conservation of Big Green Lake and its watershed with a singular focus on water quality.

Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership – Cultivating community and stewardship from the ledge to the lakeshore.

League of Women Voters of Wisconsin – Because Democracy is not a spectator sport.

Midwest Environmental Advocates – We work for healthy water, air, land and government for this generation and the next.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper – To protect, improve and advocate for water quality, riparian wildlife habitat, and sound land management in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds.

Milwaukee Water Commons – A cross-city network that fosters connection, collaboration and broad community leadership on behalf of our waters.

River Alliance of Wisconsin – Empowering people to protect and restore water.

River Revitalization Foundation – From the past to the future, we are committed to the return of this vital natural resource for all as Milwaukee’s urban rivers land trust.

Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter – To explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. – Forging partnerships for healthy waters in southeastern Wisconsin

Superior Rivers Watershed Association – To promote and protect clean water resources in Wisconsin’s Lake Superior basin.

Wisconsin Environment – Protecting the places we love and promoting core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives.

Wisconsin Green Muslims – Connecting faith, environmental justice, and sustainability through education and service.

Wisconsin Lakes – We speak for lakes.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters – Your air. Your land. Your water. Your vote.

Wisconsin Trout Unlimited – Conserving, protecting and restoring our country’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Wisconsin Wetlands Association – Wisconsin’s waters, wildlife, and people need healthy wetlands.

Wisconsin Wildlife Federation – Protecting Wisconsin’s fish & wildlife, habitat, outdoor heritage & shooting sports since 1949.



Friends of the Coves – We believe that the quality of life in our community is enhanced through the protection, conservation and wise stewardship of the Coves subwatershed.

Georgian Bay Association – To work with our water-based communities and other stakeholders to ensure the careful stewardship of the greater Georgian Bay environment.

Georgian Bay Forever – Funding and supporting scientific research and education that protects and enhances the waters of Georgian Bay, as part of the Great Lakes.

Nature Quebec – To conserve nature, to maintain ecosystems essential for life, and to encourage the sustainable use of resources.

ReForest London – Dedicated to partnering with our community to enhance environmental and human health in the Forest City, through the benefits of trees.

Sierra Club Ontario – Protecting the Great Lakes ecosystem, growing and protecting the greenbelt, and promoting green energy adoption in Ontario.

Toronto Green Community – To inspire, facilitate and support diverse communities in developing an environmentally sustainable city through education, engagement and joint neighbourhood initiatives.