Category Archives: News and Announcements

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 »

Great Lakes Commission releases FY2008 legislative priorities

The Great Lakes Commission, acting on behalf of its eight Member states, is calling upon Congress to take immediate action to protect the lakes against the threat of invasive species. Comprehensive legislation to curb the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species is the number one priority on the Commission’s ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Hearing Announced: March 7

Friends of the Great Lakes:

As part of the Great Lakes Day in Washington events (March 6-7), the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, has announced a hearing on “The Impact of Aquatic Invasive Species on the Great Lakes.”

2:00 p.m. – Wednesday, ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission urges swift enactment of Asian carp bill

New legislation introduced in Congress to authorize and complete an electronic barrier to protect the Great Lakes from invasive Asian carp should be swiftly enacted before its too late, the Great Lakes Commission is urging.

The Great Lakes Asian Carp Barrier Act, introduced separately by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and ...   Read More »

New GLIN Maps and GIS for the Great Lakes region

The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN), managed by the Great Lakes Commission, is pleased to announce the release of new GLIN Maps & GIS pages for the region. See

Current datasets available focus on Great Lakes biota, geo/political boundaries, climate/meteorology/atmosphere, elevation, environment, basemaps/earth cover, inland waters/hydrography, and more. Registered ...   Read More »

Study to assess municipal investments in Great Lakes restoration

A yearlong effort to document cities’ investments in Great Lakes protection and restoration is being undertaken by the Great Lakes Commission in partnership with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.

The project will seek to determine how much the region’s municipalities are investing in the protection and restoration ...   Read More »

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