Great Ships Initiative. NEMWI’s Great Ships Initiative (GSI) fuses interests, expertise, and resources from the federal government, academic institutions, states, industry, environmental groups, cities, and ports in the United States and Canada to generate critical information and incentives for solving the problem of ship-mediated invasive species in the Great Lakes and globally through sound and efficient ballast water treatment.
Revitalizing Older Cities. Many of the region's historic cities - critical centers of industry, transportation, and American ingenuity - suffer from population decline, high unemployment, and low economic investment. NEMWI’s Revitalizing Older Cities Initiative taps long-standing NEMWI policy expertise in brownfields, energy efficiency and affordability, manufacturing revitalization, transportation and infrastructure, livable communities, and economic development to identify critical policy needs and support solutions to shared problems in the region’s cities.
Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) was created to provide an influential voice for the Mississippi River, dramatically increasing demand for effective river protection, restoration, and management in Washington, DC. It addresses matters of mutual concern, including: river water quality and habitat restoration, flooding and floodplain issues, river-focused recreation, sustainable economies, and celebration of the River culture and history.
Great Lakes Washington Program. The Great Lakes Washington Program (GLWP) aims to equip the bi-partisan Senate and House Great Lakes Task Forces of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions for effective regional action by sponsoring briefings and researching federal policy options and funding needs for programs that contribute to a clean environment, a strong economy, and high quality of life in the Great Lakes basin. The GLWP analyzes Great Lakes region policy and funding needs in coordination with the executive branch, Congress, and states, along with other Great Lakes experts, organizations, and stakeholders.
Toward Sustainable Water Information. Intensive natural resource development in the NEMW region such as shale gas extraction and agriculture can threaten the Northeast Midwest region’s high-value water resources. Both the potential economic benefits and water-quality impacts from these activities are high priorities for policy makers. Regional water quality information that is timely, credible, and policy-relevant holds the key to guiding policies that are adequately protective of the region’s water resources, yet not unnecessarily restrictive of industry. Toward Sustainable Water Information (TSWI) is investigating whether the Northeast-Midwest region’s water monitoring capabilities are adequate to supply this critical information, and if not, what is needed to effectively and efficiently improve them.
Invasive Species Prevention. NEMWI helps prevent new aquatic species invasions in the region through helping characterize “how clean is clean?” when it comes to ballast and other discharges of aquatic invasive species to the Great Lakes and other regional Great Waters. NEMWI’s project, characterizing the Risk-Release Relationship for Aquatic Invasive Species in the Great Lakes, is developing methods and charting a course for the region to monitor and assess the Risk-Release relationship ship-mediated invaders.
Mississippi River Basin Program. Launched in 1995, the Mississippi River Basin Program (MRBP) promotes restoration of the Basin by informing and coordinating with policy-makers and other Basin stakeholders in Washington and the region on effective policy needs and opportunities. Specifically, the MRBP organizes educational briefings, coordinates joint responses to emergencies and legislative efforts, tracks legislation and appropriations, and promotes emerging initiatives for the bipartisan Upper Mississippi River Basin Task Force of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition.