• Challenge: The Great Lakes
    are under threat
    The Great Lakes provide drinking water to
    more than 40 million people and contain
    fresh water. Pollution, invasive species,
    and human activity are impairing both the
    quantity and quality of water in the Lakes.
    Protecting this complex system effectively
    requires investments in the natural areas
    that sustain them and smart policy work to
    address industrial pollutants, invasive
    species and chemical contaminants in our
    drinking water.
    response: addressing pollutants that
    threaten drinking water and ecosystem health
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The Alliance for the Great Lakes

The Alliance for the Great Lakes is leading an effort to understand and address risks posed by chemicals that are not removed in traditional waste water treatment, including pharmaceuticals and fire retardants. Until recently, municipal drinking water utilities did not test or monitor for these chemicals. National standards for these contaminants have not been established. The Alliance is convening government agencies, private industry, water treatment plant operators and environmental organizations to develop and deploy strategies to reduce the sources of these contaminants. The Alliance draws upon its network of 100 community-based organizations across the six Great Lakes states to address this and other water quality issues.