Category Archives: News and Announcements

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 »

President’s budget proposes $475 million Great Lakes restoration initiative

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission applauds President Obama’s FY 2010 budget proposal of $475 million for a Great Lakes restoration initiative. Great Lakes Commission Chair Illinois Governor Pat Quinn welcomed the announcement.

“President Obama’s historic proposal will re-energize Great Lakes cleanup and restoration,” Governor Quinn said. “The ...   Read More »

EPA head: Great Lakes a major driver in U.S. water policy

Washington, D.C. – “As the Great Lakes go, so goes the national policy as to water,” said Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency speaking today at the semiannual meeting of the Great Lakes Commission in Washington, D.C.

Jackson noted that President Barack Obama established his commitment to ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission calls on Congress for long-term investment in Great Lakes protection, restoration

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Next week in Washington, D.C., the Great Lakes Commission will present recommendations to Congress to support job creation and stimulate economic development on a long-term basis by investing in Great Lakes protection and restoration. In its list of legislative priorities for fiscal year 2010, the Commission ...   Read More »

Great Lakes Commission urges support for Great Lakes infrastructure priorities in economic stimulus package

The Great Lakes Commission is urging Congress to include funding for critical Great Lakes infrastructure needs in the economic stimulus package currently being developed. In correspondence sent this week to the Great Lakes Congressional delegation, Commission Chairman Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn stated that “now, more than ever, we have ...   Read More »

Illinois Lt. Gov. Quinn elected new Chair of Great Lakes Commission

Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn of Illinois is the new Chair of the Great Lakes Commission following elections held at the Commission’s Annual Meeting in Québec City October 6. Quinn assumes the Commission leadership from Michigan Lt. Gov. John D. Cherry, Jr. who completed a two-year term as Chair at the ...   Read More »

Charest pledges Québec support for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin Compact

Québec Premier Jean Charest renewed on Monday his government’s commitment to wise use and management of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence water resource as defined by the Great Lakes Basin Compact recently enacted in the U.S.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the Great Lakes Commission in Québec City, Charest said, ...   Read More »

Statement by Commission Chairman Lt. Gov. John Cherry, Jr. on Signing by the President of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact

Future generations of Great Lakes residents will look back on this day and thank us. Today we celebrate final action to enact the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. Approved earlier this month by both chambers of Congress, the Compact was signed into law today by President George ...   Read More »

Additional Statement by Commission Chairman Lt. Gov. John Cherry on passage of Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2008

“The Great Lakes Commission applauds our region’s congressional leaders for securing reauthorizing of the Great Lakes Legacy Act. The House of Representatives approved an amended version of H.R. 6460 on Sept. 28, which extends the Legacy Act for two years at level funding of $54 million per year. The bill ...   Read More »

Statement by Commission Chairman Lt. Gov. John Cherry on passage of Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2008

“On Thursday, September 18, the U.S. House of Representatives reauthorized the Great Lakes Legacy Act. The Great Lakes Commission now calls on the Senate to take up and pass the Legacy Act before Congress adjourns. Great Lakes Sens. Levin and Voinovich introduced a companion version in May.

This represents significant ...   Read More »

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