Category Archives: News and Announcements

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 »

$2 Million Funding Goal Met, Lead Contractor Selected for Study Initiative to Modernize the Chicago Waterway System and Protect the Great Lakes from Asian Carp

A fast-tracked effort by Great Lakes states and cities to develop options for separating the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River while improving transportation, water quality and flood control is now underway after reaching a funding target of $2 million, largely from private funders, and selection of an expert consulting ...   Read More »

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence ports advance wind energy

A comprehensive discussion of the important role the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway ports system can play in providing transportation and logistics services to the wind energy industry is now available in a new document released by the Great Lakes Commission, via the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative (GLWC).

The GLWC surveyed ...   Read More »

GLC family loses long-time staffer: Albert Ballert (1914-2010)

Earlier this week, former long-time Commission staff member Al Ballert passed away at the age of 95. It’s always sad to lose someone so close to you, but with Al’s passing the Great Lakes Commission in a profound sense, has lost a connection to its past.

Al by far, was ...   Read More »

New York to chair Great Lakes Commission; carp, GLRI highlight discussions

Toronto, Ont. – Canada was challenged to provide a similar level of financial commitment to restoration of the Great Lakes at the Great Lakes Commission’s Annual Meeting, which concluded today in Toronto.

In discussions about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Cam Davis, senior advisor to U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, ...   Read More »

Picture of wind energy generation in the Great Lakes takes shape in Cleveland

Cleveland, Oh. – The State, provincial and federal officials, wind developers and other stakeholders tackled tough questions at the meeting of the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative this week in Cleveland, including environmental and social impacts and a regulatory landscape that is still evolving.

The third annual meeting of the Great ...   Read More »

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