Great Lakes Day 2015

Announcing Great Lakes Days, February 25-26, in Washington, D.C.

Hamilton Crowne Plaza
1001 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

The nation cannot afford NOT to protect the Great Lakes—they are the source of drinking water for 30 million people!

With your help, the effort to restore the Great Lakes has made significant progress. However we need your ongoing leadership and energy now more than ever to ensure that funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) remains intact in 2015 and beyond.

Please plan on attending Great Lakes Day 2015, February 25-26 in Washington, D.C. Your help is essential in holding the line against cuts to essential Great Lakes programs.


As federal public officials continue to discuss how to balance the federal budget, there is tremendous pressure to cut programs, including those that are vital to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Great Lakes Day participants will stand up for a resource that more than 30 million people depend on for their drinking water, jobs, health, and way of life.

Over the past three years, Great Lakes advocates have been instrumental in winning more than $1 billion in federal support to clean up toxic hot spots, restore critical habitat, and confront invasive species through programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The GLRI funding is already reaping huge benefits for the region by cleaning up the lakes, enhancing job creation, and jumpstarting the economy in the Great Lakes states —but there is more work to do. We won’t quit until we’ve put an end to drinking water restrictions, beach closings and fish consumption advisories.

These accomplishments are significant. But our work is not done. That’s why it’s more important than ever to attend Great Lakes Day 2015, February 25-26.

We must make sure that decision-makers in Washington, D.C., continue to support Great Lakes restoration programs. We won’t quit until we’ve put an end to drinking water restrictions, beach closings and fish consumption advisories. Your presence at Great Lakes Day 2015 will help us do that.

At Great Lakes Day, you will be briefed on critical issues facing the Great Lakes, attend training sessions to become a more effective advocate, and urge members of Congress to support Great Lakes restoration. Your participation is vital in maintaining support for essential Great Lakes programs by the U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration.


Please begin booking your travel arrangements ASAP. You should plan to arrive early the morning of February 25 and depart late in the afternoon or evening of February 26.


A limited number of scholarships will be available for up to $250 in travel reimbursement. The distribution of scholarships will require approval by the Coalition leadership. HOW state leaders from each of the Great Lakes states will request meetings with elected officials on behalf of Great Lakes Day participants from each state. However, if you have any special needs or relationships that we should be aware of, please contact Martha Borie Wood – Great Lakes Day Coordinator, at


The HOW Coalition has reserved a block of rooms for Great Lakes Day participants at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, 1001 14th Street, Washington, DC 20005. Because the Coalition is paying for the hotel stay, Great Lakes Day participants are asked to share their hotel room with a roommate. It is the participants’ responsibility to find their own roommate! Please indicate on the registration form who your roommate will be.  If you are new to the HOW Coalition and need assistance with finding a roommate, please indicate this on the registration form and HOW will help you find one. The HOW Coalition is able to cover room your room stay for the night of February 5th only.  The HOW staff will make your reservation. If your stay requires you to be in Washington for more than one evening, please indicate this on your registration form. HOW will make the necessary reservations for you and you can settle with the hotel upon check-in.

Room rate is $209


The Canadian Embassy Reception

The HOW Coalition and the Canadian Embassy are hosting a reception on the evening of February 25, from 6-8pm. This event requires pre-registration which you can do on the HOW registration form. If you are not pre-registered, you will not be able to attend this event. Please make sure to bring a Government issued photo ID for access to the Embassy. Parking is not available. Guests, unless registered, will not be able to access the Embassy. There is a 300 person limit so please register soon. Walk-ins will not be allowed.

Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast Reception

The Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast Reception will be held Thursday, February 26 from 8:15-9:45am (EST). The reception includes a continental breakfast sponsored jointly by the Great Lakes Commission and Northeast-Midwest Institute. Invited guests include members of the Great Lakes Congressional Delegation, Great Lakes governors, mayors and tribes, and congressional staff.

The fee to attend the Congressional Breakfast is $25. To register for the Congressional Breakfast please go to the Great Lakes Commission website at and click on the Congressional Breakfast tab. Use the code 285 when registering. Breakfast location will be Room 209, Hart Senate Building.

Please note: Registering for the breakfast via HOW DOES NOT register you for the GLC meeting. If you would like to attend the Great Lakes Commission meeting you must register separately for that on the GLC website.