Meeting with U.S. senators and representatives sends a powerful message to public officials that Great Lakes restoration is a national priority.

Each year, regional organizations including the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition, Great Lakes Commission, Northeast-Midwest Institute, Council of Great Lakes Governors, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Tribal agencies bring approximately 150 people from the region to Washington, D.C., to educate public officials about the benefits of Great Lakes programs.

During the annual 2-day event, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition staff:

  • Educate citizens about important Great Lakes issues;
  • Help arrange visits with Congressional members and staff;
  • Provide training about how to meet with public officials.

Citizens from the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin attend Great Lakes Days.

The 2018 Great Lakes Day will take place March 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C.