A Message from Governor Tom Wolf
Welcome to the Great Lakes Protection Fund!
Pennsylvania is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, including one of North America’s Great Lakes. Whether viewing stunning sunsets along the sandy beaches of Presque Isle State Park, enjoying the challenges of a world-class sport fishery, moving goods through our port, or relying on the craftsmanship and expertise of Erie’s historic shipbuilding industry, Lake Erie shapes our border and connects Pennsylvania to the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth.
The Great Lakes recount our shared history, sustain our natural environments, provide safe and clean water to our communities, and hold promise for a sustainable economic and environmental future. They require our closest attention to conserve them for future generations.
I’m proud to be a Great Lakes governor and to serve as chairman of the Great Lakes Protection Fund, which was created to protect and sustain the health of the Great Lakes. The Fund provides support to ensure sustainable use of water resources, control pollution from diffuse sources, and stop the introduction and spread of non-native aquatic invasive species.
The Fund was designed as a change-maker; it seeks out and supports innovative, regional solutions to problems, both old and new, that challenge the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The Fund approaches projects and partners in a way that is both thoughtful and unique on the Great Lakes. We emphasize the sharing of ideas, fostering constructive dialogue, and providing funding flexibility to create successful projects and outcomes that span public and private sectors.
The Fund welcomes all innovative thinkers including entrepreneurs, academic leaders, non-governmental organizations, and governments to join in protecting and restoring the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes. We welcome your ideas and invite you to become an active participant in creating transformational change to protect these precious natural resources.
The Great Lakes are one-fifth of the world’s surface freshwater and have given North America a wealth of environmental, recreational, and economic benefits. It’s critical, therefore, that we do everything we can to ensure that these majestic bodies of water remain healthy and vibrant so that we can continue to enjoy them.
Very respectfully yours,
Chair of the Great Lakes Protection Fund