The Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Decision Support Tool (CWDST) allows users to interact with a variety of information relevant to coastal wetland conservation and management. Through the decision support tool, users can select and rank coastal wetlands within Western Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay based on a variety of filters, including ownership, area, population, structural, chemical, and physical characteristics.
The Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide shows how coastal communities are using science based information to address coastal hazards such as flooding, shore erosion, and lake-level fluctuations. This new online resource connects people with the tools and data needed to consider natural hazards and climate change in local planning efforts.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change protects and improves the quality of the environment and leads Ontario's actions on climate change leading to healthier communities, ecological protection, and economic prosperity for present and future generations. The tools the ministry uses to accomplish this include: Using best available science and research to develop and deliver policies, legislation, regulations, standards, programs and services. Enforcing compliance with environmental laws.
When waterfowl populations in North America languished at historic lows, the waterfowl management community in the United States and Canada developed a strategy, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, to restore waterfowl through habitat protection, restoration and enhancement. Signed in 1986 by the United States and Canada and in 1994 by Mexico, the plan is the foundational bird conservation partnership, an unprecedented recognition of the need for international cooperation to help recover shared resources.
In 2014, the U.S. Geological Survey Great Lake Science Center (USGS-GLSC) and the USGS-Michigan Water Science Center partnered with the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) to conduct a series of four workshops with coastal practitioners and managers across the Great Lakes basin to highlight the need for, and get input on, a Great Lakes regional coastal science strategy. To this end, the "Practitioners Views of Science Needs for the Great Lakes Coastal Ecosystem" report is intended to help guide USGS coastal and nearshore science priorities, but may also help guide other science agencies.
The Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Consortium consists of scientific and policy experts drawn from key U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, state and provincial agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other interest groups with responsibility for coastal wetlands monitoring. Approximately two dozen agencies, organizations and institutions have been brought into the Consortium as Project Management Team members. This is an unprecedented assembly of coastal wetlands expertise.
The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative (GLPC) is a regional partnership established to improve communication and collaboration and lead to more coordinated, efficient, and strategic approaches to non-native Phragmites management, restoration, and research across the Great Lakes basin in both the United States and Canada.
The Wetlands Mapper displays current information on the status, extent, characteristics and functions of wetlands, riparian, and deepwater habitats in the United States. This information is intended to promote the understanding and conservation of wetland resources through discovery and education as well as to aid in resource management, research and decision making.