Category Archives: News and Announcements

Illinois Lt. Gov. Quinn elected new Chair of Great Lakes Commission

Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn of Illinois is the new Chair of the Great Lakes Commission following elections held at the Commission’s Annual Meeting in Québec City October 6. Quinn assumes the Commission leadership from Michigan Lt. Gov. John D. Cherry, Jr. who completed a two-year term as Chair at the ...   Read More »

Charest pledges Québec support for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin Compact

Québec Premier Jean Charest renewed on Monday his government’s commitment to wise use and management of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence water resource as defined by the Great Lakes Basin Compact recently enacted in the U.S.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the Great Lakes Commission in Québec City, Charest said, ...   Read More »

Statement by Commission Chairman Lt. Gov. John Cherry, Jr. on Signing by the President of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact

Future generations of Great Lakes residents will look back on this day and thank us. Today we celebrate final action to enact the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. Approved earlier this month by both chambers of Congress, the Compact was signed into law today by President George ...   Read More »

Additional Statement by Commission Chairman Lt. Gov. John Cherry on passage of Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2008

“The Great Lakes Commission applauds our region’s congressional leaders for securing reauthorizing of the Great Lakes Legacy Act. The House of Representatives approved an amended version of H.R. 6460 on Sept. 28, which extends the Legacy Act for two years at level funding of $54 million per year. The bill ...   Read More »

Statement by Commission Chairman Lt. Gov. John Cherry on passage of Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2008

“On Thursday, September 18, the U.S. House of Representatives reauthorized the Great Lakes Legacy Act. The Great Lakes Commission now calls on the Senate to take up and pass the Legacy Act before Congress adjourns. Great Lakes Sens. Levin and Voinovich introduced a companion version in May.

This represents significant ...   Read More »

Statement by Commission Chairman Lt. Gov. John Cherry on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Compact

“Great Lakes Members of Congress have taken a monumental first step to assure long term protection and wise management of the Great Lakes. We applaud the leadership of U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and George Voinovich and Reps. James Oberstar, Vern Ehlers, John Conyers and Steve LaTourette who have introduced resolutions ...   Read More »

New federal-state partnership highlights need to protect and restore Great Lakes fish and wildlife

A press conference with Michigan Lt. Governor John Cherry and federal, state and local officials will be held on Friday, July 11, at 10:00 a.m. EDT at the Grand Trunk boat launch at Lakeshore Dr. and McCracken St. in Muskegon.

Muskegon, Mich. – With the summer vacation season in full ...   Read More »

2008 Farm Bill important for the Great Lakes

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Passage by Congress of the 2008 Farm Bill (H.R. 2419) means some good news for the Great Lakes. Provisions of the bill will help efforts to control soil erosion in the Great Lakes basin, and support research on a deadly fish virus in the lakes, among ...   Read More »

Capturing the Winds of Change: The 1st Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative

Ann Arbor, Mich. – More than 120 Great Lakes policymakers and business leaders interested in development of wind energy attended the first annual meeting of the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative, which concluded today in Buffalo, N.Y.

“The Great Lakes Wind Collaborative has the progressive vision, the talent and the entrepreneurship ...   Read More »

Federal funding for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence restoration lags far behind local investment, new report finds

Report Estimates $15 billion in Local Spending as Officials Warn Feds That Continued Funding Shortages Will Jeopardize the Future of the Resource

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 27) — A report released today by the Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) and funded by ...   Read More »

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