News and Announcements

States and cities launch initiative to modernize the Chicago area waterway system and protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp

Today, Great Lakes states and cities joined together to announce an initiative that seeks to transform water management and transportation in the Chicago region for the 21st Century, while safeguarding the Great Lakes from economic and ecological damage caused by Asian carp and other biological invasions from the Mississippi River ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission applauds new legislation expediting studies on separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission is voicing strong support for legislation introduced today by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Carl Levin (D-MI) and other senators, and a companion bill introduced in the House by Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI). Titled the Permanent Prevention of Asian Carp ...   Read More »

Legislation would boost Great Lakes restoration efforts and elevate role of the Great Lakes states

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission hailed legislation introduced today in Congress that formally authorizes the recently established Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and elevates the role of the eight Great Lakes states in guiding restoration efforts in partnership with the federal government.

The “Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection ...   Read More »

Muskegon Lake Habitat Restoration Recovery Act Project Moving Forward; Contracts Awarded for Engineering, Design and Initial Construction

Design and construction work is being initiated on a $30 million project to restore the shoreline along Muskegon Lake on the east shore of Lake Michigan. Spurred by a $10 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Muskegon Lake Habitat ...   Read More »

Offshore Siting Principles and Guidelines for Wind Development on the Great Lakes Released 

The Great Lakes Wind Collaborative has released Offshore Siting Principles and Guidelines for Wind
Development on the Great Lakes, now available here. The document was a collaborative effort by
members of the group’s Offshore Wind Workgroup and other stakeholders.

“The guidelines are a timely response to what the Collaborative sees as a wave of interest in
offshore wind development that is sweeping across the Great Lakes. Offshore wind must be
environmentally and economically sustainable and reduce the carbon footprint of the binational
Great Lakes region,” said Terry Yonker, U.S. Co‐chair of the Collaborative’s Steering Committee.

The document provides guidance to state regulators, as well as developers, about potential
environmental and other regulatory considerations that might be of concern with an offshore wiind
project. Its intent is to promote more informed decisionmaking and ensure that offshore wind
development is being done in an environmentally‐sensitive manner.

“Offshore wind development in the Great Lakes region is a new and exciting undertaking, but we
have to get it right. The siting principles and guidelines are an important first step”, said Joyce
McLean of Toronto Hydro and Canadian Co‐chair of the Collaborative’s Steering Committee.

“The Collaborative is working to ensure that as the wind industry develops, it not only provides
clean energy and green collar jobs, but also preserves the diverse Great Lakes ecosystem for future
generations,” said Tony Logan, Chief Legal Counsel and Wind Policy Coordinator with the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources. Logan is also a member of the Collaborative’s Advisory

The document identifies environmental concerns, such as lake floor habitat, fisheries, and
migratory birds, among others, and suggests ways they can be addressed. Hence, the document
provides regulatory agencies the groundwork to develop individual state and provincial policies and
best practices.

“The Offshore Siting Principles and Guidelines report is a valuable resource for industry, policy
makers and stakeholders engaged in considering offshore windpower development opportunities
throughout the Great Lakes Basin,” said Kevin Edwards of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
and one of the Collaborative’s Advisory Committee co‐chairs. “For Ontario, it is an important
reference tool that will complement other strategic resources as the province moves to implement
the new Green Energy Act.”

The Great Lakes Wind Collaborative is a multi‐sector coalition of wind energy stakeholders working
to facilitate the sustainable development of wind power in the binational Great Lakes region. For
more information on the Collaborative, visit

For immediate release: November 3, 2009 | Download PDF
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