Category Archives: News and Announcements

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 »

Congress urged to make ballast water rules #1 Great Lakes priority

INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes states, acting through the Great Lakes Commission, today took action to urge the region’s congressional delegation to make effective ballast water legislation its top Great Lakes priority for 2007.

The states are calling for legislation to reduce and ultimately eliminate the introduction and spread of ...   Read More »

Lake Michigan chosen for national monitoring study

Lake Michigan has been chosen as one of three pilot study sites for use in the development of the National Water Quality Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters and their Tributaries, commonly known as the National Monitoring Network (NMN).

The NMN is a response to a recommendation by the U.S. ...   Read More »

Upcoming Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force meeting features state management planning in the Great Lakes

Next week, May 8-11, the federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species will be holding their spring meetings at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. This joint meeting will feature an all-day session on Aquatic Nuisance Species State Management Plans: ...   Read More »

Number one Great Lakes priority: Stop invasive species

State and regional representatives press Congress for action

Washington, D.C. – Today, more than 200 delegates from the Great Lakes states and other regional organizations are in Washington in support of a shared vision to restore and protect the Great Lakes.

Their number one priority: stop invasive species before they ...   Read More »

Congress urged to act quickly on new NAISA legislation

Calling invasive species the most urgent problem facing the Great Lakes, the Great Lakes Commission is urging Congress to act promptly to enact the newly introduced National Aquatic Invasive Species Act (NAISA).

The legislation (S.725), introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), outlines a broad-based, national approach to stemming ...   Read More »

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