Category Archives: News and Announcements

Saginaw Bay watershed initiates sediment reduction efforts

Ann Arbor, Mich.Pinnebog River watershed stakeholders kicked off a large-scale sediment reduction project today in Elkton, Mich. The Pinnebog project received $745,000 in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funds from the Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS). The project is ...   Read More »

myBeachCast: Real-time beach data now available via smartphones

Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Great Lakes Commission, in partnership with LimnoTech and the Great Lakes states, has developed a smartphone application that provides more options and opportunities for public access to beach advisories and other environmental information.

Funded by the U.S. EPA-led Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the myBeachCast application ...   Read More »

Best Practices for Sustainable Wind Energy Development in the Great Lakes Region

A new online guide to advancing wind energy while protecting the environment and addressing community concerns was released today by the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative (GLWC), a public/private coalition of interests advancing sustainable wind energy development within the Great Lakes region.

Best Practices for Sustainable Wind Energy Development in the ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Wind Collaborative recognized in national award

The Great Lakes Commission received the Larry Flowers Award for Outstanding Leadership in recognition of its efforts supporting the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative (GLWC). The award was received on behalf of the Great Lakes Commission by Victoria Pebbles at the Wind Powering America (WPA) All-States Summit on May 26, 2011, ...   Read More »

Scientists Back Collins Mercury Bill

Yesterday, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) re-introduced a bill to establish a Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Network. Since 2003, members of the scientific ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission recommends Congressional guidance for improving implementation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

In a letter to Congress, Great Lakes Commission Chairman Jim Tierney has provided a series of recommendations for improving implementation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and asked that it be incorporated as guidance in the Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations bills. In correspondence to the House and Senate appropriations ...   Read More »

Coastal restoration generates major economic gains for Muskegon

$66 million in economic benefits over ten years—a 6-to-1 return on investment—and nearly 65,000 new visitors annually

A large-scale coastal restoration project on Muskegon Lake, located in West Michigan on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, will generate more than $66 million in economic benefits (a 6-to-1 return on investment) ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission endorses legislation to accelerate efforts to keep Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes

Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Great Lakes Commission calls on Congress to adopt legislation introduced today that would accelerate efforts to prevent the movement of aquatic invasive species — especially Asian carp — between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds.

The Stop Asian Carp Act of 2011, first introduced ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission urges Congress to keep Great Lakes Restoration Initiative on path to success

Washington, D.C. - Citing the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system as an “environmental and economic asset of vital importance to the nation,” the Great Lakes Commission called today for an ongoing federal commitment to the $2.2 billion Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). This action headlined the Commission’s Fiscal Year 2012 ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission urges Congress to sustain funding for Great Lakes restoration

Ann Arbor, Mich.In a letter this week to the Great Lakes Congressional Delegation, Great Lakes Commission Chair James Tierney urged the delegation to sustain appropriations for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the FY 2011 federal budget. “Now, more than ever, we need support from our congressional ...   Read More »

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