Great Lakes Regional Center


Great Lakes Restoration Efforts Benefit Wildlife

Since 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has worked to conserve the nation’s wildlife and wild places. As part of our 80th anniversary celebration, we are recognizing important moments in our …

The Flint River provided drinking water for over a year, corroding aging pipes and leaching lead into the drinking water. Photo by George Thomas/Flickr

City of Flint Needs Our Help

Amidst this Congressional inaction, the federal emergency declaration authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide resources and support for Flint expires on August 14, 2016. This means the state …

Protect Great Lakes wildlife like the common loon. Photo by Joyce Kleven

Oil Spills Could Impact Over 700 Miles in the Great Lakes

Today, the University of Michigan released a startling report showing how far a potential oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac, where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet, could spread. The …

Photo by Ian Matchett|Flickr

Tar Sands Enbridge GXL Pipelines Threaten Wildlife

As we continue to celebrate the November rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, which prevented the pumping of over 800,000 barrels per day of carbon intensive, toxic tar sands oil through …

Pipeline giant Enbridge's web of pipelines in the Great Lakes region and beyond.  Enbridge is seeking to expand this system to allow for more climate disrupting tar sands and oil production.

Winning the Fight Against the Enbridge Octopus

Great blue heron covered in oil, following the 2010 oil disaster near Kalamazoo, Mich., that contaminated 38 miles of the Kalamazoo River with over 840,000 gallons of oil. Photo / Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Summer Disaster Movie? No Thanks. NWF Fighting to Protect Great…

Great Blue Heron covered in oil from the Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Remember the Kalamazoo, Stop Tar Sands!


Climate Adaptation Planning Gaining Momentum at Federal Level

Even if the federal government is moving slowly on the climate mitigation front, agencies are ramping up their efforts on climate adaptation, with a number of new reports, initiatives or …

NWF President Collin O'Mara discusses the harmful algal bloom with reporters near Toledo's water intake cistern in Lake Erie. NWF photo by Frank Szollosi.

Toxic Algal Bloom Threatens Wildlife and Shuts Down Drinking Water to Toledo

Early Saturday morning I was abruptly woken up by a neighbor knocking on the door. He actually then opened a window, saying “Don’t drink the water! Don’t let the kids …

Cerulean Warbler

Ohio Must Reject Attacks on Clean Energy

Spring time in Ohio means hundreds of thousands of migratory birds will once again descend on Ohio fields, lakes and ponds—critical habitats that are being put at risk from climate …

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