Category Archives: News and Announcements

Great Lakes Commission urges support for critical programs

The U.S. Congress is working on an omnibus bill this week, which will likely include Agriculture, VA-HUD (which includes U.S. EPA) and Commerce-Justice-State appropriations. There are significant Great Lakes programs that could be underfunded, or not funded at all. The time to act is now!

Votes on these bills are ...   Read More »

Commission welcomes two new appointees

The Great Lakes Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of new members to its Illinois and Ontario delegations.

Commissioner Joel Brunsvold, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, was recently appointed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. A former state representative and recognized authority on conservation and land use issues, ...   Read More »

Commission urges binational focus on land use/water quality links

New initiatives, web site to assist officials at all levels of government

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The continuing urbanization of the Great Lakes region, particularly in coastal areas and along major tributaries, suggests the need for a major, binational investigation of land use trends, impacts and prospective policy responses, according ...   Read More »

Observing system to support Great Lakes management decisions

Ann Arbor, Mich. – A valuable tool for keeping tabs on a wide range of conditions in the Great Lakes is now under development through a cooperative effort by the Great Lakes Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Over the next 12 months, the Great Lakes Commission ...   Read More »

Innovations sought to address toxic air pollution

Great Lakes Commission to award $1.235 million in air quality grants

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission has assumed management of the Great Lakes Air Deposition (GLAD) program, a major initiative that provides funding opportunities for air quality research, and a forum for information exchange among scientists, ...   Read More »

Commission submits ballast water management statement

The Great Lakes Commission recognizes that ballast water (including entrained solids) from ocean-going commercial vessels is a primary vector for the introduction of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system. The Commission believes that a ballast water management program based on efficient, effective, scientifically based, environmentally sound ...   Read More »

Two lieutenant governors named to Commission

Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry are among three new appointments to the Great Lakes Commission made by their respective governors.

Quinn was recently appointed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, while Cherry and former state Sen. Ken DeBeaussaert were named to the Michigan delegation by ...   Read More »

IN MEMORIAM: Gov. Frank O’Bannon, 1930-2003


The Great Lakes Commission expresses its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon, who passed away Saturday, September 13, and to all the citizens of Indiana as well.



The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Samuel W. Speck (Ohio), is a nonpartisan, ...   Read More »

Deadline Extended – Great Lakes Commission 2003 Annual Meeting

Friends of the Great Lakes will be pleased to know that arrangements have been made to extend the registration deadline for the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission, as well as reservations for sleeping rooms at the Holiday Inn City Centre. You now have until Friday, September 19...   Read More »

Granholm appoints new Commissioners

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has appointed two new members of the Great Lakes Commission, naming Lt. Gov. John Cherry and former state Sen. Ken DeBeaussaert, director of the Office of the Great Lakes, as Commissioners.

They join state Atty. Gen. Mike Cox and state Sen. Patty Birkholz as members of ...   Read More »

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