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In the Media–​​

The climate crisis haunts Chicago’s future:

A Battle Between a Great City and a Great Lake

by Dan Egan for the New York Times, July 7, 2021


  Climate Action Focus Priorities

Click here for information and resources

  on Local Climate Action.

  Click here for information and resources

  on Climate Advocacy and Legislation.

  Click here for information and resources on

  Trees, Plants, and our Habitat.

​• The Devil's Element: Phosphorus and a World

   Out of Balance– Dan Egan

The Death & Life of the Great Lakes– Dan Egan
The Great Lakes Water Wars– Peter Annin

Contact info for Cameron Davis:


ELPC Thinks: Discussion with Dan Egan– Climate Change and the Great Lakes: ELPC discussion with Dan Egan on the impact climate change has on the Great Lakes and the ways in which we can restore them for the next generation.
Dan is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel journalist, and the author of “Death and Life of the Great Lakes”. Dan is currently the Brico Fund Journalist in Residence at the UW-Milwaukee Center for Water Policy and has covered the Great Lakes since 2003.

Protecting the Great LakesThe Great Lakes hold 1/3 of the world’s surface freshwater, supporting critical drinking water resources, wildlife ecosystems, and the regional economy. Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is fighting to protect the lakes for the long-term health and vitality of the Midwest.

The Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes and accompanying policy solutions: On the heels of global and national reports documenting the profound effects of climate change, more than a dozen leading scientists and experts from Midwestern U.S. and Canadian universities and research institutions released a comprehensive report highlighting the climate change impacts on the Great Lakes region.

Climate Action–
Focus on Water and

the Great Lakes

LWVE backs state and national League of Women Voters climate action priorities.

League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region proudly continues the League's water-quality advocacy and education work. The League has been working on water issues for nearly a century– over 50 years in the Lake Michigan basin.

LWV Upper Mississippi River Region Inter League Organization
consists of local leagues in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin that are located within the Upper Mississippi River Region. This interleague organization promotes political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government and acts on selected governmental issues affecting the Lake Michigan watershed.

Healing Our Waters– Great Lakes Coalition's mission is to secure a sustainable Great Lakes restoration plan and the federal funding to implement it. It endeavors to ensure that the people of the region have access to clean, affordable, and safe drinking water; can eat fish that are not toxic; and are able to live healthy lives that are not undermined by pollution.

Alliance for the Great Lakes is a nonpartisan nonprofit working across the region to protect our most precious resource: the fresh, clean, and natural waters of the Great Lakes.

Freshwater Future's mission is to ensure the healthy future of our waters in the Great Lakes region. It envisions a strong and effective environmental community working to protect and restore the Great Lakes and its many waters by involving residents in civic decision-making.  

Great Lakes Environmental Law Center is a nonprofit that offers community education, policy support, and various legal services to address environmental, resource, and energy issues affecting communities in and around Detroit, all over Michigan, and throughout the Great Lakes region. 

Climate Action Focus Priorities


The Invasive Carp Regional Coordinating Committee’s

Invasive Carp Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2022 outlines a comprehensive and science-based invasive carp-management strategy. The mission and intent is to prevent the introduction and establishment of invasive carp in the Great Lakes. The Action Plan serves as a foundation for the work of the ICRCC partnership — a collaboration of 28 U.S. and Canadian federal, state, provincial, tribal, regional, and local agencies.

Commissioner Cameron Davis of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District talked about efforts to protect Lake Michigan and the Chicago River as well as storm water runoff and water quality issues in Evanston and neighboring communities.

The following are resources that Commissioner Davis provided :

Illinois DNR Coastal Management Programs

• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Forecasts

• Illinois Sea Grant 
• Wisconsin Sea Grant
• Michigan Sea Grant

• Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

• Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) discussion with journalist and author Dan Egan on his new book The Devil’s Element: Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance.  Phosphorus is at the center of an increasingly dire environmental crisis poisoning freshwater sources all over the globe. The abundance of phosphorus from many sources is causing toxic algae blooms and “dead zones” in waterways from coast to coast including the Great Lakes.​