Category Archives: News and Announcements

Watershed grants aimed at reducing sediment pollution to the Great Lakes

Nine Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) watershed grants totaling more than $4.3 million to reduce sediment pollution in priority watersheds in the Great Lakes basin are being announced today by the Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at a U.S. Environmental Protection ...   Read More »

States and cities launch initiative to modernize the Chicago area waterway system and protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp

Today, Great Lakes states and cities joined together to announce an initiative that seeks to transform water management and transportation in the Chicago region for the 21st Century, while safeguarding the Great Lakes from economic and ecological damage caused by Asian carp and other biological invasions from the Mississippi River ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission applauds new legislation expediting studies on separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission is voicing strong support for legislation introduced today by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Carl Levin (D-MI) and other senators, and a companion bill introduced in the House by Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI). Titled the Permanent Prevention of Asian Carp ...   Read More »

Great Lakes restoration funding targets soil erosion in key watersheds

Ann Arbor, Mich. – President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is targeting $5 million to watersheds that are heavily impacted by soil erosion and sedimentation. The grant funding will be made available to local watershed organizations by the Great Lakes Commission under its Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil ...   Read More »

Legislation would boost Great Lakes restoration efforts and elevate role of the Great Lakes states

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission hailed legislation introduced today in Congress that formally authorizes the recently established Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and elevates the role of the eight Great Lakes states in guiding restoration efforts in partnership with the federal government.

The “Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection ...   Read More »

Action on Asian carp highlights Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting

Washington, D.C. – The Great Lakes Commission has called on Congress and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to embrace a clear goal of ecological separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds as the key, permanent strategy in the war against Asian carp and their threatened invasion of ...   Read More »

New Commission energy and water initiatives to inform Compact implementation

Ann Arbor, Mich. – In January 2010, the Commission launched two new initiatives that will engage regional and national talent to generate new information that can help the states collectively achieve the goals of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and Agreement.

The Great Lakes Energy-Water Nexus...   Read More »

Great Lakes groups urge Obama to continue Restoration Initiative at full strength in 2011

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Fifteen Great Lakes regional organizations are urging President Obama to maintain or exceed funding of $475 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the federal budget for FY 2011.

The initiative was proposed by the Obama Administration as a five-year, comprehensive restoration plan for ...   Read More »

Muskegon Lake Habitat Restoration Recovery Act Project Moving Forward; Contracts Awarded for Engineering, Design and Initial Construction

Design and construction work is being initiated on a $30 million project to restore the shoreline along Muskegon Lake on the east shore of Lake Michigan. Spurred by a $10 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Muskegon Lake Habitat ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission letter to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn regarding carp barrier

December 2, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62702
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Dear Governor Quinn:

On behalf of the undersigned member states and provinces of the Great Lakes Commission, we offer our full support for the emergency actions the ...   Read More »

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