Our Great Lakes Community

School of Freshwater Sciences

First of its kind graduate school in the United States dedicated to freshwater sciences on the Great Lakes and beyond.


Great Lakes Commons

A grassroots effort to unite diverse constituencies to solve complex community challenges using water as a common element.


Great Lakes Futures Project

An international effort to imagine the future history of the Great Lakes region and envision what policies and practices may lead us to divergent futures.


Create Great Lakes

An international effort to educate future scientists and policymakers about Great Lakes science and policy.


The Water Council

An effort to attract talent, investment, business, and innovation to Milwaukee as the world hub of water-related industries.


Discovery World

An interactive kids museum complete with aquarium, aquaterrium, and even a functioning three-masted wooden schooner, the S/V Denis Sullivan.


Urban Ecology Center

Environmental nonprofit connecting urban youth with nature, critters, water, ecology, adventure, and more!


Riveredge Nature Center

From sturgeon to summer camps, this gem along the Milwaukee River inspires young and young-at-heart.


Great Lakes Information Network

A digest of Great Lakes region headlines and other resources.


Alliance for the Great Lakes

A non-governmental agency that advocates on behalf of the Great Lakes. They also help you run beach cleanups and do citizen science.


Invasive Species Centre

Canadian-based agency devoted to combating invasive species.


Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust

A nonprofit that facilitates collaboration to meet water quality objectives in southeastern Wisconsin watersheds.


Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

A recognized leader in promoting green infrastructure with a plan to capture the first half-inch of urban stormwater by 2035.



Leading Great Lakes laboratory and research hub and great source for data and background info.


Milwaukee Riverkeeper

A nonprofit that advocates on behalf of clean water and healthy ecosystems as well as involving citizens in monitoring and cleanups.



An organization dedicated to building Milwaukee's green infrastructure capacity through innovative small- and medium-scale rainwater harvesting projects.


UW-Sea Grant

State-funded education and outreach resources for the public that share the best science about the sustainable use of Great Lakes natural resources.


Lake Michigan Stakeholders

A network of people passionate about preserving, protecting, and enjoying Lake Michigan.




This list is biased by my experiences and represents but a dip of the toe in the water of the pantheon of Great Lakes organizations making a difference through science, education, advocacy, or action.


Check back for updates or contact me to add your org.


Michael Alan Timm

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