“ Protecting the world's greatest freshwater resource and the communities that depend upon it ”

Welcome to the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center

Based in Detroit, the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center is dedicated to addressing environmental challenges throughout the Great Lakes region.  GLELC works in partnership with the nation’s first Transnational Environmental Law Clinic based at Wayne State University Law School.  Working with law students expands our reach and enables us to help new generations of attorneys play a significant role in shaping the future of environmental and water law.

Hot topics

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Management

"...Despite the extensive ecological and economic importance of the Great Lakes, the integrity of this vast water resource is threatened by the practice of high-volume, slick-water hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) in the Great Lakes basin."

Stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species

Aquatic invasive species (also known as aquatic nuisance species) are one of the biggest threats facing the Great Lakes and their fisheries and wildlife. Invasive species like Asian Carp and the zebra mussel are causing unacceptable environmental and economic damage.

Keeping Exposed Pet Coke from being Dumped on Great Lakes Shores

Petroleum coke (pet coke) has citizens worried about chemical byproducts being dumped into the Great Lakes and nearby communities. GLELC is working to prevent the damage it can cause.

Upcoming Events

Nov 20

Coming Nov. 20th!  Check back for details soon!