A message from Governor Tim Walz
I am proud of the Great Lakes Protection Fund and its thirty-year legacy of launching innovative solutions that improve the health of the Great lakes. I think we all would be proud to say we did something significant to improve the environment for thirty years. As its chair, I am committed to thirty more years of impact.
As much as I would like to lay claim to Lake Superior and the wealth of opportunity it presents for Minnesotans, it is part of a larger ecosystem that benefits the citizens of eight states. The same holds true for the Fund—our innovation portfolio addresses issues shared by my fellow governors across the region, all the way to New York.
That portfolio represents the best thinking in the water space, and those ideas come from all over. If you want to see who the leaders in the region will be in the future, you should check out our young project team leaders who are causing everyone to think and act differently when it comes to Great Lakes water. They have excellent role models from our thirty years of investments:
- If you would have looked to the Fund in 1996, you would have seen leaders wrestling with how to design, install, and test the world’s first ballast water treatment system. They even put it on a working vessel. That kickstarted what is now a $17.4 billion ballast technology industry.
- If you would have been a fly on the wall in 2000, you could have listened in on the work shaping the legal, scientific, technical, and practical dimensions of what became the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. That stopped large-scale diversions of water from the Lakes.
- In 2014 you would have heard agricultural retailers exploring how to make money removing phosphorous from the lakes. (Spoiler: they have removed seven million pounds in the first three years.)
Creating impact takes time and we are in this for the long haul. Come to us and bring your best and brightest.
Governor of Minnesota
Chair of the Great Lakes Protection Fund (2018-2019)