Category Archives: News and Announcements

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 »

Board gathers for December meeting in Ann Arbor

The Great Lakes Commission Board of Directors gathered at Commission offices in Ann Arbor for their final meeting of the year on Dec. 14-15. Among other matters, the board reviewed the development of the Commission’s Strategic Plan, approved plans for the 2007 Great Lakes Day in Washington policy forum and ...   Read More »

Regional Collaboration points out need for Great Lakes action

The release of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration’s strategy for restoring and protecting the Great Lakes is being hailed as a major step towards securing the future of the resource by the chair of the Great Lakes Commission, one of the first organizations to call for such a plan.

“We ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Day in Washington: March 7, 2007

The Great Lakes Commission, in conjunction with the Northeast-Midwest Institute, will host the special annual event, Great Lakes Day in Washington, on Wednesday, March 7, 2007. Elected and appointed officials from Great Lakes states, and stakeholders from across the region will join with members of Congress and staff to look ...   Read More »

U.S. General Election 2006: Overview for the Great Lakes

Full summary here

The Great Lakes region delivered results on Election Day that were very similar to the rest of the country. For example, the Great Lakes turned out 45 percent of the voting-eligible population compared to nearly 40 percent nationwide.

Democratic gubernatorial candidates gained in two states previously under ...   Read More »

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