Identify and bring together agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), university staff, and resources to participate in a working group.

  • Create a working group representing various coastal wetland constituencies
  • Build trust, partnership and commitment in a clear governance structure
  • Connect with other coastal partnership efforts within the region
  • Pilot a coastal wetlands program encompassing Saginaw Bay to western Lake Erie, eventually expanding on this to engage with wetlands stakeholders basin-wide

How We're Doing It

  • Create a working group representing various coastal wetland constituencies. The Great Lakes Coastal Assembly is a diverse assemblage of federal and state agencies, tribal governments, and private interests working together to conserve and restore lands and waters in the critically important coastal zones of the Great Lakes.
  • Build trust and partnership in a clear governance structure. The GLCA has adopted a charter and draws on a technical team comprising coastal wetland experts from around the basin. The GLCA also engages assistance from contractors and committees as needed.
  • Connect with other coastal partnership efforts within the region. The GLCA has assembled a cross-agency team to match up the many differing priorities, plans, guidelines and resources of all. Through these efforts, plans and priorities can be aligned, resulting in economies of scale and synergy of results.
  • Pilot a coastal wetlands program encompassing Saginaw Bay to western Lake Erie, eventually expanding on this to engage with wetlands stakeholders basin-wide. The GLCA is implementing Landscape Conservation Design - a collaborative effort among stakeholders in this region to strategically identify locations for implementing effective coastal wetland conservation projects. We will expand this approach to other areas, including possibly Green Bay, and ultimately across the Great Lakes basin.

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