Category Archives: News and Announcements

New risk assessment validates threat from Asian carp and points to Chicago-area waterways as most likely pathway into the Great Lakes

A new risk assessment led by the government of Canada on the threat posed to the Great Lakes by Asian carp heightens the urgent need for a permanent solution, such as hydrological separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds, said members of the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) today. ...   Read More »

Get mobile: Real-time beach data now available for all Great Lakes states

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Going to the beach? Now you can get real-time information on beach water quality advisories, weather and water conditions all on your mobile phone.

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC), in partnership with LimnoTech and the Great Lakes states, has developed a free smartphone application that provides ...   Read More »

Harnessing America’s Energy Future in the Great Lakes

Harnessing America’s Energy Future in the Great Lakes
A blog post by GLC Program Director Victoria Pebbles, featured on the White House Council of Environmental Quality blog....   Read More »

Statement from the Great Lakes Commission on the Accelerated Release of Options for Keeping Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Commission welcomes the recent decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it would accelerate the presentation to Congress and the public of options for permanently preventing Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River watershed. The Corps has now committed to releasing ...   Read More »

State-fed agreement announced to enhance coordination of offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes

Five Great Lakes states and 10 federal agencies sign Memorandum of Understanding

Washington, D.C. - A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on offshore wind in the Great Lakes was signed today by the heads of 10 federal agencies and the governors of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania. The purpose ...   Read More »

2012 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting

The 2012 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting overview and resolutions are now available online.  Thanks for joining us in Washington, D.C.!

Click here to visit the Meeting Archive page...   Read More »

Aspects of new Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement take shape at Great Lakes Commission meeting

Washington, D.C. - The first details of a renegotiated Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada emerged this week in Washington at a meeting of the Great Lakes Commission. Cameron Davis, senior advisor for the Great Lakes at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said that ...   Read More »

New report demonstrates that permanent physical barriers to stop Asian carp at Chicago are feasible

Chicago - Strategies for restoring the natural divide between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes – and, in the process, modernizing the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) – are identified in a report released today by the Great Lakes Commission ...   Read More »

New research explores true cost of water in the Great Lakes basin, how pricing can be used as incentive to conserve

Ann Arbor, Mich. - As plentiful as water is in the Great Lakes region, the cost to deliver it to consumers is creeping up and should be reflected more accurately in bills to encourage conservation, according to recommendations made in a new Great Lakes Commission report.

The “Value of Great ...   Read More »

New study evaluates impacts of power plants on Great Lakes water resources

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Can and should impacts on water sources used to generate electricity help drive future energy production policy in the Great Lakes basin?

Approximately 90 percent of the electrical power in the basin is produced by thermoelectric plants, which use 26 billion gallons of water a day ...   Read More »

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