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In the Great Links section of GLIN you'll find a complete directory of regional, federal, state and provincial, and independent agencies and organizations serving the Great Lakes region. These are organized by topic area to coincide with the primary sections on GLIN: The Great Lakes, Environment, Economy, Education, Maps and GIS, and Tourism. Also offered are links to Media Sources: newspaper, radio and television outlets in the Great Lakes states and provinces; and a section devoted to Funding and Grants and related links to regional foundations, government funding sources and more.

Additionally, Great Links offers site maps and direct links to U.S. and Canadian federal, state and provincial government offices and their key branches, departments and ministries.

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Council of Great Lakes Governors
Devoted to working cooperatively on public policy issues common to the Great Lakes states.

Council of Lake Committees
Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Each state, provincial, federal and tribal natural resource agency in the Great Lakes basin signed the 1980 Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries, which identifies the commission's individual lake committees as the major action arms for implementing the plan and developing procedures.

Environment Canada, Our Great Lakes
Part of Environment Canada's national Green Lane initiative, Our Great Lakes is an index of the agency's Great Lakes programs, publications and databases.

Great Lakes Cities Initiative
The Great Lakes Cities Initiative helps mayors and other local officials develop and advocate programs to improve the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Commission
A binational agency that promotes the orderly, integrated and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the water and related natural resources of the Great Lakes basin and St. Lawrence River.

Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
GLERL's mission is to conduct integrated, interdisciplinary environmental research in support of resource management and environmental services in coastal and estuarine water, with special emphasis on the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Fishery Commission
The GLFC coordinates programs of research on the Great Lakes and recommends measures which will permit the maximum sustained productivity of Great Lakes fish.

Great Lakes Natural Resource Center, National Wildlife Federation
The center unites people throughout the eight-state Great Lakes region, the U.S. and Canada to protect the world's greatest freshwater seas, the surrounding ecosystem, and the benefits they provide to people and wildlife.

Great Lakes Protection Fund
The Fund seeks projects that lead to tangible improvements in the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem and promote the interdependence of healthy ecological and economic systems.

Great Lakes Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
The U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center was founded in 1927 and continues to provide scientific information for the sound management of Great Lakes fish populations and other important natural resources in the basin.

Great Lakes Sea Grant Network
A network of Sea Grant colleges and programs working in partnership with government and the private sector to meet the changing needs of Americans living in the Great Lakes region.

Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council
The council is a confederation of organizations and individuals who share a concern for the present and future of sport fishing, our natural and stocked resources and the ecosystem in which we live.

International Association for Great Lakes Research
IAGLR is a scientific organization made up of researchers studying the Laurentian Great Lakes and other large lakes of the world, as well as those with an interest in such research.

International Joint Commission (IJC)
Many rivers and some of the largest lakes in the world lie along, or flow across, the border between the United States and Canada, and the IJC assists governments in finding solutions to problems in these waters.

Northeast-Midwest Institute
The Institute is a policy research center providing staff support to the House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces. Policy research focuses on invasive species, ecosystem restoration, island conservation, water management, brownfield redevelopment, economic benefits of sediment remediation, energy, and other issues important to the Great Lakes.

St. Lawrence Centre
Environment Canada
The SLC is involved in a multitude of studies and research programs aimed at better understanding how the ecosystems of the St. Lawrence River function and to keep this knowledge up to date.

The Nature Conservancy's Great Lakes Program
By focusing on key systems that support much of the special biodiversity of the Great Lakes ecoregion, the Conservancy is working on-the-ground in strategic areas to address the principle threats to the basin's globally significant biodiversity.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
GLNPO funds and conducts programs and projects focusing on the Great Lakes ecosystem, such as pollution prevention, contaminated sediments, and habitat protection.

USACE: Buffalo District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

USACE: Detroit District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
The District operates and maintains the world famous Soo Locks, plus 102 harbors on lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and the state of Michigan portion of Lake Erie.

USACE: Great Lakes and Ohio River Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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