Marine debris is being addressed through the dedicated work of organizations and partnerships around the Great Lakes region. Organizations listed below are actively engaged in the Great Lakes Marine Debris Collaborative and associated action plan. For contact information, please visit the organizational websites.
The Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMIGLSI). The NEMIGLSI network is network and partnership of education and community partners collaborating to protect our Great Lakes and natural resources of northeast Michigan through hands-on, place-based stewardship education (PBSE) efforts. The NEMIGLSI network is part of a larger, statewide network and partnership, the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI). Established in 2007 with funding from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, the GLSI supports place-based stewardship education in schools and communities across Michigan.
Leadership and programming support for the NEMIGLSI is provided in partnership by: Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona (AMA) Educational Service District, AMA/Iosco Math and Science Center, Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle (COP) Educational Service District, Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Programs, Michigan Sea Grant, Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Huron Pines, and area schools.
PBSE is a proven method for developing knowledgeable and active stewards of the environment. More than just a project, PBSE is a process that gets students outdoors while applying classroom learning goals. With hands-on learning, students connect to careers, have fun, and make a difference in their local community. Some of these PBSE efforts connect to marine debris. Area students complete Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach efforts, trawl for microplastics in local rivers and Lake Huron, raise awareness about the impact of single-use plastics, campaign at area restaurants, reduce waste in the cafeteria, and much more.
Learn more at our website www.nemiglsi.org.
For more than 30 years, Ohio Sea Grant has worked to protect the environment of Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. With a strong combination of research, education and outreach efforts, as well as partnerships with academia, governmental agencies and the private sector, Ohio Sea Grant works with the Lake Erie community to solve the region’s most important environmental and economic issues.
Stone Laboratory, Ohio Sea Grant’s education and outreach facility on Lake Erie, serves scientists from across the Great Lakes region, offering lab facilities, field work equipment, research vessels and housing for researchers studying Lake Erie.
Together, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab provide the science behind informed policy and management decisions on science education, the Lake Erie ecosystem and its economic impact on the region.
Ohio Sea Grant, located at Ohio State University’s Columbus campus, is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant Programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources.
Please visit our website at ohioseagrant.osu.edu
Partners for Clean Streams Inc. is striving for abundant open space and a high quality natural environment; adequate floodwater storage capacities and flourishing wildlife; stakeholders who take local ownership in their resources; and rivers, streams and lakes that are clean, clear and safe. We work to educate and engage the public in protecting our waterways and promoting stewardship and conservation. For more information, check out our website: www.partnersforcleanstreams.org
Established by the Marine Debris Act of 2006, the NOAA Marine Debris Program is the lead U.S. federal agency for marine debris. The mission of the program is to investigate and prevent the adverse impacts of marine debris in our oceans and Great Lakes. Our work centers around research, removal, and prevention of marine debris, as well as emergency response and regional coordination. The Great Lakes Regional Coordinator resides in Ohio. https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/