Markets & Clients

Since 1992 GLEC has supported regulatory agencies, industry, utilities and conservation organizations in their efforts to protect, preserve and restore our natural environment and aquatic resources.  GLEC has established a unique reputation and ability to serve both regulatory agencies and the regulated community by providing viable, insightful, and creative solutions to complex environmental challenges. The federal government is GLEC’s largest customer, with a majority of contracting activity placed with the U.S. EPA Office of Water (OW).  Since 1996, GLEC has been the prime contractor on 22 large federal and state multi-year contracts and served as a subcontractor to major research and engineering firms on dozens more federal and state contracts. Contracting support for industry and utilities focuses on helping organizations meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC), and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulatory and licensing requirements.  GLEC staff are able to apply their extensive experience developing national water quality criteria and standards while assisting the regulated community meet the same standards. On the regional and local level, GLEC has assisted numerous tribal and conservation organizations attain goals in water quality protection, watershed and fisheries management, invasive species control, and citizen stewardship.


Conservation Organizations

  • National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
  • The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay
  • Hudson River Foundation
  • Benzie County Conservation District
  • Crystal Lake Association
  • Three Lakes Association
  • The Leelanau Conservancy


  • CMS Energy
  • Xcel Energy
  • DTE Energy
  • American Electric Power
  • Howard Energy Company
  • North American Hydro
  • Midwest Hydropower
  • Minnesota Power
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Thunder Bay Power Company
  • Dayton Power and Light


  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water
  • U.S. Department of the Army
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • USGS
  • Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • California Water Resources Control Board
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians


  • American Honda Motor Company
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Toyota Motor Company
  • Atofina Chemicals
  • Anchor Danly
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Federal Mogul Corporation
  • Kennecott Eagle Minerals
  • LaFarge Corporation
  • Modular Mining
  • Mead Fine Paper
  • Inmet Mining
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • Proctor & Gamble Company
  • Pfizer
  • Rhinelander Paper Company
  • Smurfit-Stone Container
  • U.S. Steel

Industry Associations

  • New Jersey Harbor Dischargers Group
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • Water Environment Research Foundation

Wastewater Utilities

  • Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission
  • Bergen County Utilities Authority
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewerage District
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • City of Hopewell, Virginia
  • City of Columbus, Ohio
  • City of Saginaw, Michigan
  • City of Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • City of Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • City of Wilmington, Illinois





Bill Arnold

Business Development
Phone: 231-525-0527


GLEC operates one of only a few U.S. laboratories accredited for whole sediment toxicity testing.
GLEC also maintains NELAP accreditation for chlorophyll and nutrient chemistry testing.

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GLEC's Columbus, OH laboratory is accredited by the Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment for Acute Toxicity and Chronic Toxicity testing.



Great Lakes Environmental Center

739 Hastings Street
Traverse City, MI   49686

Phone: (231) 941-2230
Fax: (231) 941-2240