News and Announcements

Binational Panel calls for ballast management program to control the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species

Ann Arbor, Mich. – A binational coalition of public and private sector interests has crafted a strategy to advance aquatic nuisance species prevention and control efforts through ballast water management. The comprehensive policy statement features 41 recommendations that will guide the development of criteria for ballast water management practices and treatment technologies; ...   Read More »

Robinson announces new Commission initiatives to ensure the region’s environmental and economic prosperity

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Nathaniel E. Robinson, chairman of the Board of the Great Lakes Commission, has announced a series of organizational initiatives to help ensure environmental and economic prosperity for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region. “This region is experiencing an unprecedented number of public policy challenges and opportunities, and ...   Read More »

Inventory of Great Lakes toxic air emissions released

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission has released a toxic air emissions inventory in a continuing effort to quantify the toxic air emissions that impact air and water quality and communities of the Great Lakes basin. The update, which reflects 1997 data, focuses on point, area and mobile emissions from ...   Read More »

Commission grants to improve water quality through soil erosion, sediment control

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Twenty-four projects have been selected by the Great Lakes Commission to receive funding under its Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control. The Basin Program improves Great Lakes water quality by promoting erosion and sediment control and sound land-use practices through demonstration grants, technical ...   Read More »

New leadership for Ontario and Québec delegations

Bill Carr, acting western hemisphere team leader for the Office of International Relations and Protocol of Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, has been named chair of the Great Lakes Commission’s Ontario Delegation. He replaces Lorraine Ratnik, who is retiring from provincial service. Carr has worked for the ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Information Network honored as “Outstanding Great Lakes Cultural Web Site”

At an awards ceremony on Feb. 17, the Commission-managed Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) was cited as “Web Site of the Year,” recognized for its cultural importance, exceptional content and quality, and effective design. The inaugural award was presented by Michigan State University’s newly established Center for Great Lakes Culture.

Online since 1993, ...   Read More »

Beach closures prompt new regional initiative

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Thanks to a new partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the Great Lakes Commission, rising concern over contaminated beaches and associated public health problems are now being addressed. Nationally, the U.S. EPA is initiating the Beaches Environmental Assessment, Closure and Health (BEACH) ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission to lead large-scale Great Lakes coastal wetlands monitoring initiative

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission and a binational consortium of Great Lakes wetland scientists and resource managers recently were awarded $400,000 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office (U.S. EPA-GLNPO) for the first year of a three-year effort to assess the ecological health ...   Read More »

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