Great Lakes Day 2016

Great Lakes Days, February 24-25, in Washington, D.C.

The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
1400 M Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20005

With your help, the effort to restore the Great Lakes has made significant progress. Projects are producing results—but more work remains. We need your leadership and energy now more than ever to ensure that funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) remains intact in 2016 and beyond.

Please plan on attending Great Lakes Day 2016, February 24-25 in Washington, D.C. Your help is essential in keeping Great Lakes restoration efforts on track.

Registration is now closed. See you in D.C.!

Great Lakes advocates have been instrumental in making Great Lakes restoration a national priority supported by both Republicans and Democrats. We need that bi-partisan support to continue. 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 seven years, Great Lakes advocates have been instrumental in winning more than $2 billion in federal support to clean up toxic hot spots, restore critical habitat, and confront invasive species through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Funding from the initiative is already reaping huge benefits for the region by cleaning up the lakes, creating jobs, 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 2016, February 24-25.
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 24 and depart late in the afternoon or evening of February 25.


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


The coalition has reserved a block of rooms for Great Lakes Day participants at the Westin Washington, D.C., City Center (please note: we have changed hotels). 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 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 February 24. Coalition staff will make your reservation.

If your stay requires you to be in Washington, D.C., for more than one evening, please indicate this on your registration form. The coalition will make the necessary reservations for you and you can settle with the hotel upon check-in. Room rate for both singles and doubles is $249. Room rate for a triple is $269.

Canadian Embassy Reception

The coalition and the Canadian Embassy are hosting a reception Wednesday, February 24, from 6-8 pm. This event requires pre-registration, but unfortunately registration is now closed. 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 25, from 8:15-9:45 am. 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 $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 225 when registering. Breakfast location will be Room 209, Hart Senate Building.

Please note: Registering for the breakfast via the coalition’s registration site DOES NOT register you for the Great Lakes Commission meeting. If you would like to attend the Great Lakes Commission meeting you must register separately for that on the Great Lakes Commission website: