03/30/2018– The M&M Area Community Foundation announced it has joined the Great Lakes One Water Partnership (GLOW), a new endeavor designed to help communities around the Great Lakes region develop and implement projects and practices that will secure the region’s water future. The Great Lakes One Water Partnership is a multi-year, basin-wide initiative supported by the Great Lakes Protection Fund and the Council of Michigan Foundations. The project will focus on engaging shoreline community foundations as a catalyst for water infrastructure management benefiting people and businesses in the Great Lakes Basin.
With a one million dollar grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund, the Council of Michigan Foundations and a team of water resource professionals will coordinate an effort to organize in six regions surrounding the Great Lakes in both the United States and Canada. Over thirty community foundation have agreed to participate. It is expected that other funding sources will make similar investments in this initiative.
Working together, the stakeholders in each group will identify primary regional water infrastructure needs and potential projects. Examples may include restoration of wetlands, abatement of nutrient or combined sewer overflow runoff, or other critical infrastructure priorities.