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Conference: Actions toward a sustainable Great Lakes

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Overview of Conference
In follow-up to a successful event in 2003, this conference will bring Great Lakes stakeholders together to report on progress — and unmet needs ...   Read More »

Up to $100,000 available for soil erosion, sediment control projects

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Local projects to benefit water quality through erosion and sediment control are eligible for up to $100,000 in funding under the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control.

Grants of approximately $30,000 each will be awarded in the areas of program and ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission urges Congressional support for key regional priorities

The Great Lakes Commission is encouraging support for several key Great Lakes priorities funded by Energy and Water appropriations, including the John Glenn Great Lakes Basin Program and a replacement lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., among others. This letter was sent to key members of the Great Lakes Congressional ...   Read More »

Commission urges addition of bighead carp to injurious species list

The Great Lakes Commission recently submitted a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supporting the proposed rule to list the bighead carp (Hypohthalmichthys nobilis) as an injurious species of wildlife under the federal Lacey Act, as published in the September 18, 2003 issue of the Federal Register (Vol. ...   Read More »

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 »

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