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Great Lakes Blue Accounting: Empowering Decisions to Realize Regional Water Values

Download PDF |  Published March 2014

In 2013 the Great Lakes governors and the premier of Ontario called for a comprehensive approach to monitoring Great Lakes water resources. In response, a Great Lakes Commission-led taskgroup (building on thoughtful efforts of an advisory workgroup) proposed adoption of the Great Lakes Blue Accounting Process, a strategy that will enable the Great Lakes community to create a consensus-based set of desired goals for Great Lakes water resources management; identify a logical set of strategic actions and process metrics for evaluating the effectiveness of the actions; determine how much and what types of data and information are necessary to support the selected process metrics; and optimize investments in regional information infrastructure.

First Great Lakes Demonstration Farm Network to Launch in Green Bay Area

Madison, Wis. - The Lower Fox River Watershed, just south of Green Bay, will be home to a network of farms that will demonstrate the best, leading-edge conservation practices to reduce phosphorus entering Green Bay and Lake Michigan. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Great Lakes Commission ...   Read More »

The Potential Economic Impact of Offshore Wind Energy in the Great Lakes

Download PDF | Published October 2013

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WRDA reauthorization approved by U. S. Senate – Senate approves Asian carp barrier authorization

Long-awaited legislation to protect the Great Lakes against a potentially devastating invasion by Asian carp and addressing other regional needs cleared a major hurdle when the U.S. Senate approved it on Wednesday.

The Senate voted to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), including a provision for the completion and ...   Read More »

Offshore Wind Energy: Understanding Impacts on Great Lakes Fishery and Other Aquatic Resources

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2013 Great Lakes Commission Legislative Priorities

Sustaining Environmental Restoration and Economic Revitalization in the Great Lakes Region

Download PDF | Published February 2013

This document outlines the Great Lakes Commission’s federal priorities for FY2013....   Read More »

Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative launches digital hub for Phragmites information

Ann Arbor, Mich. – A new website,, is taking aim at an invasive plant that is plaguing the Great Lakes. Launched by the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the website is intended to serve as a central hub for information on Phragmites ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission responds to Michigan governor’s energy and environment plans

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Earlier today, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced his plans for ensuring Michigan’s future through an increased emphasis on energy and the environment. Gov. Snyder acknowledged the symbiotic relationship between energy, the economy and the environment, a concept that the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has been a ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission to tackle Internet sales of aquatic invasive species

Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has received a $400,000 grant through the U.S. EPA-led Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to develop and demonstrate web-crawling software to assess the availability of aquatic invasive species for purchase – and identify sellers of those species – on the Internet.

Intentional ...   Read More »

Future of wind energy in the Great Lakes debated by regional coalition

Erie, Pa. - Attendees at the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative meeting yesterday got a Keystone State perspective on the progress, opportunities and obstacles for wind energy in the binational Great Lakes region.

Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Michael Krancer provided the keynote address, highlighting Pennsylvania’s general economic ...   Read More »

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