Great Lakes Day 2017

Great Lakes Days, March 15-16, in Washington, D.C.

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

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. In this first year of a new Presidential Administration we have work to do together to ensure that funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) remains intact in 2017 and beyond. President Trump has expressed support for Great Lakes restoration and we look forward to working with his administration to keep making progress for our region.

Please plan on attending Great Lakes Day 2017, March 15-16 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 eight 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. GLRI funding is already reaping huge benefits for the region by cleaning up the lakes, enhancing job creation, and supporting 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 2017, March 15-16.

We must make sure that the new administration and congressional decision-makers in Washington, D.C., 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 2017 will help us do that.

At Great Lakes Day, you will be briefed on what the new administration means for 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 new Trump Administration.


Please begin booking your travel arrangements ASAP. You should plan to arrive early the morning of March 15 and depart late in the afternoon or evening of March 16. If flights are not available for you to arrive in time for the start of our training day, we do ask that you consider arriving the night before.


A limited number of scholarships will be available for up to $275 in travel reimbursement. The distribution of scholarships will require approval by the Coalition leadership. Coalition 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


he HOW Coalition has reserved a block of rooms for Great Lakes Day participants at the Mayflower Hotel. 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 Coalition and need assistance with finding a roommate, please indicate this on the registration form and we will help you find one. The Coalition is able to cover room your room stay for the night of March 15 only.  The Coalition 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. We will make the necessary reservations for you and you can settle with the hotel upon check-in.

Room rate is $319 for both a single and a double.

Canadian Embassy Reception

The Coalition and the Canadian Embassy are hosting a reception on the evening of March 15, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. This event requires pre-registration which you can do during registration, here. 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 – External Event

The Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast Reception hosted by the Great Lakes Commission will be held Thursday, March 15, from 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2168 (Gold Room). The reception includes a continental breakfast sponsored 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 $40. To register for the Congressional Breakfast:

Please go to the Great Lakes Commission website here and click the register button.
Choose the last option listed: GLC Commissioner/Observer/Partner/Public: Great Lakes Day for $40.
Please note: Registering for the breakfast DOES NOT register you for other Great Lakes Commission meetings. If you would like to attend the Great Lakes Commission meeting you must register separately for that on the Great Lakes Commission website: