Category Archives: News and Announcements

Senate committee votes to control Great Lakes nonpoint pollution

Efforts to restore and protect the Great Lakes received a boost today when a U.S. Senate committee voted to reauthorize a key program supporting local efforts to benefit water quality in the Great Lakes basin.

The U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee agreed to include language presented by Sen. ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission urges IJC to accelerate St. Clair River study

Citing potential harm to the region’s economy and environment from low water levels, the Great Lakes Commission is urging the International Joint Commission (IJC) to expedite its investigation into changes in the St. Clair River that may be causing lakes Huron and Michigan to drain more rapidly.

The resolution, adopted ...   Read More »

House subcommittee hears testimony on priorities for combating the introduction and spread of AIS from nonballast vectors

Stronger federal measures across the board are needed to protect the Great Lakes and other North American water resources against the threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS), a group of expert witnesses told a House Natural Resources subcommittee Thursday during testimony on Capitol Hill.

The hearing, before the Subcommittee on ...   Read More »

Workshop to focus on aging coastal infrastructure in the Great Lakes

A scoping workshop on the current condition and future viability of coastal protection infrastructure in the Great Lakes will be held October 10 and 11, 2007 in Duluth. The workshop, hosted by the Great Lakes Commission and the NOAA Coastal Services Center with participation from the U.S. Army Corps of ...   Read More »

Habitat database catalogs restoration efforts

A treasure trove of information on habitat restoration and protection efforts around the region is now available online through the Great Lakes Habitat Initiative.

A database developed by the Great Lakes Commission for the project (see contains extensive information on nearly 200 planned or ongoing wetlands and habitat ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Basin Program grants suspended for 2007

It is with regret that the Great Lakes Commission announces that no conservation grants will be awarded this year under the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, due to elimination of federal funding for the program.

Specific funding for the program was omitted from the 2007 ...   Read More »

Rec boating wields a hefty economic clout in the Great Lakes

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Recreational boating on the Great Lakes is big business. Just how big is detailed for the first time in a summary report of boating’s economic impacts to be released July 11 by the Great Lakes Commission.

For example: the 4.3 million recreational boats registered in the ...   Read More »

2007 Carol A. Ratza Memorial Scholarship Winner

To recognize outstanding achievement and vision in electronic communications technology

Laura Valdmanis, a freshman at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., is the recipient of the 2007 Carol A. Ratza Memorial Scholarship. A native of Prior Lake, Minn., Valdmanis is pursuing a double major in earth science and ...   Read More »

Strategic Plan for the Great Lakes Commission

A statement of vision, mission, goals, objectives and strategic actions to guide the work of the Great Lakes Commission through the year 2012
Approved by the Commission May 15, 2007.

Click here to download a PDF of the full strategic plan document

Vision for the Region – 2012
We, the ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission honors dunes advocate Lee Botts

Indiana environmental leader Lee Botts, a powerhouse of a woman who played a crucial role in the establishment of one of the nation’s first urban national parks in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, was honored Monday for her contributions on behalf of the dunes and the entire Great Lakes by ...   Read More »

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