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Organized around the guiding principle of assuring that the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River continue to provide a plentiful source of clean, affordable water to the region’s residents, businesses, and industries.

The GLLC’s mission is to strengthen the role of state and provincial legislators in the regional, national, and binational policymaking process by providing a forum to exchange good practices, ideas, and opportunities, and by advancing legislation to promote the restoration, protection, economy, and sustainable use of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River for current residents and future generations.


Organized and staffed by The Council of State Governments Midwestern Office (CSG Midwest), the GLLC was founded in 2003 at the urging of a core group of state legislators led by the late Michigan Sen. Patricia (Patty) Birkholz. The Caucus has grown from an ad hoc group of like-minded legislators to an active, member-driven organization of state and provincial legislators from all 10 jurisdictions that share the Great Lakes basin.

The evolution of the GLLC would not have been possible without the generosity of foundations that have supported CSG Midwest’s work, with much gratitude especially to The Joyce Foundation. We also thank the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for funding general operations and the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation for funding the GLLC’s work on nutrient pollution.


Catch up on our latest news

  • Feb. 19, 2021 web meeting: New Administration, Congress mean new opportunities for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region
    The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus’s 2021 web meeting schedule kicked off with a look at political changes in the U.S. federal government wrought by the 2020 election, and their potential impacts on policies and programs that affect the Great Lakes. Chad Lord, Policy Director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, said the […]
  • New Logo Highlights Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River
    If you’re visiting the GLLC website for the first time this year, you may notice that the GLLC is sporting a new look: a logo that incorporates the organization’s acronym and, more importantly, an image of the waterbodies that are the focus of the Caucus’s work. Approved by the Executive Committee in late January, […]
  • U.S. aquatic invasive species, ballast water laws evolving
    The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus’s series of quarterly meetings for 2020 closed out with a presentation on aquatic invasive species and ballast water management from Sarah LeSage, who coordinates the Aquatic Invasive Species program in the Water Resources Division of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. The Dec. 11 meeting also […]
  • Remarks from GLLC Director at Great Lakes Commission Virtual Meeting (11/19/20)
    Thank you, Chair Jackson. It’s my pleasure to give this first report from the GLLC as an official observer of the Great Lakes Commission. Thank you very much for approving Sen. Charbonneau’s request. I’d like to relay his reaction: I am extremely pleased that the GLC has granted the GLLC “observer” status. I am […]