The Great Lakes Coastal Assembly is a diverse group of over 20 federal, state, and interstate agencies, tribal governments, non-governmental agencies, and universities working together to conserve the land-water interface in the critically important coastal zones of the Great Lakes. We collaborate to align actions around coastal priorities, advance coastal initiatives that are guided by partner interests, and rely on the best available science to inform coastal conservation strategies.
Our Shared Vision
Coastal landscapes that support the unique structures and processes essential for sustaining healthy species populations, resilient natural communities, and for providing benefits to human society.
- Catalyze Collaboration: by coordinating a binational and diverse team of coastal professionals working across the Great Lakes in the United States and Canada to convene topic-based workgroups as needed.
- Serve as a Resource: by providing input and expertise that helps further coastal conservation across the Great Lakes and supports the goals of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, or other initiatives.
- Facilitate Communication & Learning: by developing and promoting opportunities for the community of Great Lakes coastal professionals to learn and share with one another.
- Promote Science & Tool Development: by working with key partners to identify and develop coastal science and decision support and tracking tools that coastal professionals will utilize to prioritize needs/actions, make decisions, and track progress.
- Promote a Systems Approach: by aligning entities to strategically deliver individual coastal protection and restoration actions that collectively benefit the broader Great Lakes coastal landscape and help achieve our shared vision and goals.