Category Archives: News and Announcements

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative clears congressional conference committee

Great Lakes Commission calls for congressional and presidential approval

Ann Arbor, Mich. – One of the most ambitious environmental restoration efforts ever proposed for the Great Lakes appears imminent following the emergence from a House-Senate conference committee of legislation providing $475 million for a comprehensive Great Lakes restoration and protection ...   Read More »

Statement of the Great Lakes Commission: U.S. EPA Inspector General Report on the Great Lakes Legacy Act

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The U.S. EPA Inspector General has released a report (No. 09-P-0231) evaluating the agency’s management of contaminated sediment cleanups in the Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC). The report focuses on the effectiveness of the Great Lakes Legacy Act, a federal program established in 2002 to ...   Read More »

Stimulus grant to upgrade diesel generators on two Great Lakes vessels and boost Wisconsin shipyard jobs

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Four 30-year-old generators on two Great Lakes bulk carriers will be repowered next winter with cleaner, more fuel-efficient diesel engines with help from a $1.2 million federal stimulus grant recently awarded to the Great Lakes Commission. The grant will support a $1.6 million project to be ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission applauds construction start for Soo Locks expansion

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Groundbreaking for the Soo Lock expansion project at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was hailed today by the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) as a welcome milestone for a project long supported by the Commission.

“We take a great deal of satisfaction in seeing actual construction start on ...   Read More »

$10 million stimulus grant awarded to Great Lakes Commission for Muskegon Lake restoration project

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Federal stimulus dollars totaling $10 million have been awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) for a major wetland and wildlife habitat restoration project on Muskegon Lake, Michigan, along the east shoreline of Lake Michigan.

Partnering with the ...   Read More »

Statement by Commission Chairman Gov. Pat Quinn on appointment of Cameron Davis as Great Lakes Senior Advisor

On June 3, Cameron Davis, president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, was appointed as Senior Advisor on the Great Lakes to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson. In this position, Davis will help guide the recently announced Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, supported by ...   Read More »

Best practices in Great Lakes wind energy to be advanced through new Wind Collaborative project

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission will receive $99,740 to fund the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative’s (GLWC) development of Best Practices to Accelerate Wind Power in the Great Lakes Region and Beyond. The Commission was one of 53 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wind energy grant recipients announced ...   Read More »

Region Unites for Congressional Action on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in President’s Budget

Great Lakes Senators, Representatives Key to Lake Restoration, Economic Recovery

Ann Arbor, Mich. (May 14, 2009) – Local, state, industry and conservation leaders called for the U.S. Congress to act to fund a new Great Lakes restoration and economic recovery initiative, unveiled last week with President Obama’s budget.

“This is ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission hails President Obama’s $475 million Great Lakes Initiative

Ann Arbor, Mich. – President Barack Obama’s vision for Great Lakes restoration gained more clarity with the release today of additional detail on a FY10 spending plan for $475 million in restoration and protection programs for the lakes. The Great Lakes Commission hails the President’s new “Great Lakes Restoration Initiative” ...   Read More »

Regional emissions inventory documents releases of toxic substances in the Great Lakes region

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission has announced the release of the newest edition of the Great Lakes Regional Toxic Air Emissions Inventory. Based on estimates of 2005 air emissions provided by the eight Great Lakes states and the province of Ontario, the inventory covers emissions from more ...   Read More »

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