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Chris Korleski, Director of the Great Lakes National Program Office

Chris Korleski
Chris Korleski

Chris Korleski is director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO). GLNPO coordinates U.S. efforts in implementing the goals and objectives of the Canada - U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, working under the strategic framework of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The program:

  • Monitors lake ecosystem indicators.
  • Manages and provides public access to Great Lakes data.
  • Helps communities address contaminated sediment in their harbors.
  • Supports local protection and restoration of important habitats.
  • Promotes pollution prevention through activities and projects such as the Canada-U.S. Binational Toxics Strategy.

Before coming to GLNPO, Korleski was director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. He also served as counsel to Honda of America Mfg. Inc. in Marysville, Ohio, and was an assistant attorney general in the Ohio Attorney General's Environmental Enforcement Section.

Korleski earned a bachelor's degree in agronomy from The Ohio State University College of Agriculture, and a master's degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska. He received his law degree from The Ohio State University.