To take coordinated regional action to benefit the Great Lakes, state and provincial legislators must first understand the enormous value the lakes bring to the region’s ecology and economy, as well as the threats that could potentially harm the lakes. Educating legislators about the Great Lakes, therefore, is a major part of the GLLC’s mission.

The Caucus provides educational opportunities for its members and other legislators through annual meetings, web meetings throughout the year, and the biennial Patricia Birkholz Institute for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Policy.

Upcoming Event: 2021 Annual Meeting of the Task Force on Aug. 17 and 18

The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus Task Force on Nutrient Management will be held Aug. 17-18 at the Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center in Oregon, Ohio. At this meeting, participants will learn explore strategies to improve agricultural practices and protect the water of the Great Lakes and its tributaries.

The invitation and registration form can be found here:

Topics of discussion will include: a look at funds available for states via existing programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the potential for new opportunities under infrastructure legislation now under consideration by the U.S. Congress, and the Great Lakes Commission’s Blue Accounting program. Most important is the networking that will occur as legislators from the eight states and two provinces share information on legislative efforts on nutrient management and water quality in their respective jurisdictions.

To provide time for travel, the meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Aug. 17, and end at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

The site of the upcoming task force meeting is Maumee Bay Lodge, which sits on Lake Erie. Participants will have the chance to see firsthand some of the recent projects that Ohio has undertaken and funded to protect Lake Erie.

Members of the task force will have their travel and on-site expenses covered; in return, they are expected to participate by sharing nutrient management efforts in their home states and provinces. If you are a Great Lakes legislator and interested in becoming a member of the GLLC’s Task Force on Nutrient Management, please contact Carolyn Orr at

Annual Meetings

The GLLC meets annually in locations that rotate among the 10 jurisdictions in the region. The meetings provide members with an opportunity to learn about key issues as well as to collaborate with their colleagues on Great Lakes-related policies.

Web Meetings

Web meetings make it possible for legislators to stay abreast of developments related to issues on the GLLC’s policy agenda throughout the year. Quarterly web meetings are scheduled on the first Fridays of March, June, September, and December. Additional web meetings are scheduled as needed.

Birkholz Institutes

A biennial event for the GLLC, the Birkholz Institutes bring together a small group of legislators to take a deep dive into an issue on the GLLC’s policy agenda and then to lead the Caucus’s work to take coordinated regional action on the issue. Information on the 2021 Birkholz Institute will be available in late 2020.

Event Sponsorships

To enable us to host these Caucus activities, we rely on support from charitable foundations and event sponsors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of a future GLLC event, contact Lisa Janairo at