Category Archives: News and Announcements

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 »

Offshore Siting Principles and Guidelines for Wind Development on the Great Lakes Released 

The Great Lakes Wind Collaborative has released Offshore Siting Principles and Guidelines for Wind
Development on the Great Lakes, now available here. The document was a collaborative effort by
members of the group’s Offshore Wind Workgroup and other stakeholders.

“The guidelines are a timely response to what the Collaborative sees as a wave of interest in
offshore wind development that is sweeping across the Great Lakes. Offshore wind must be
environmentally and economically sustainable and reduce the carbon footprint of the binational
Great Lakes region,” said Terry Yonker, U.S. Co‐chair of the Collaborative’s Steering Committee.

The document provides guidance to state regulators, as well as developers, about potential
environmental and other regulatory considerations that might be of concern with an offshore wiind
project. Its intent is to promote more informed decisionmaking and ensure that offshore wind
development is being done in an environmentally‐sensitive manner.

“Offshore wind development in the Great Lakes region is a new and exciting undertaking, but we
have to get it right. The siting principles and guidelines are an important first step”, said Joyce
McLean of Toronto Hydro and Canadian Co‐chair of the Collaborative’s Steering Committee.

“The Collaborative is working to ensure that as the wind industry develops, it not only provides
clean energy and green collar jobs, but also preserves the diverse Great Lakes ecosystem for future
generations,” said Tony Logan, Chief Legal Counsel and Wind Policy Coordinator with the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources. Logan is also a member of the Collaborative’s Advisory

The document identifies environmental concerns, such as lake floor habitat, fisheries, and
migratory birds, among others, and suggests ways they can be addressed. Hence, the document
provides regulatory agencies the groundwork to develop individual state and provincial policies and
best practices.

“The Offshore Siting Principles and Guidelines report is a valuable resource for industry, policy
makers and stakeholders engaged in considering offshore windpower development opportunities
throughout the Great Lakes Basin,” said Kevin Edwards of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
and one of the Collaborative’s Advisory Committee co‐chairs. “For Ontario, it is an important
reference tool that will complement other strategic resources as the province moves to implement
the new Green Energy Act.”

The Great Lakes Wind Collaborative is a multi‐sector coalition of wind energy stakeholders working
to facilitate the sustainable development of wind power in the binational Great Lakes region. For
more information on the Collaborative, visit

For immediate release: November 3, 2009 | Download PDF
Contact: John Hummer, 734-971-9135 or ...   Read More »

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 »

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