Category Archives: News and Announcements

$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 »

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 »

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