A ballast water and invasive species dialogue, convened by the Great Lakes Commission, took place among representatives of the maritime industry, the Great Lakes states, and conservation groups on Feb. 23. The goal of the initiative is to build consensus around policy solutions for preventing the introduction and spread of invasive species via ballast water discharges. For more information on the meeting, contact Tim Eder at email@example.com
Great Lakes Aquatic Invasions, a 14-page booklet designed to raise awareness of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and the means by which they spread, has been released by the Great Lakes Commission. An update of the Commission's 1996 Biological Invasions brochure, the new publication's primary target audience is state and federal legislators and assorted user groups. Topics covered include ecosystem and economic impacts, vectors of AIS introduction and spread, global movement of species, future directions of AIS management, and model strategies for prevention and control. See www.glc.org/ans/aquatic-invasions
Great Lakes Day in Washington attracts record crowds
This year's Great Lakes policy forum was a two-day event, held March 6-7 in and around the U.S. Capitol complex. An unprecedented coalition of Great Lakes organizations, representing the Great Lakes states, the cities, tribal fisheries interests and conservation organizations under the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, joined together in submitting to Congress a short list of the region's most urgent needs. Stopping invasive species is the number one priority. In addition, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing on the impact of invasive species on the Great Lakes, at which Commissioner Ken DeBeaussaert, chair of the Michigan Delegation, testified on the need for uniform federal ballast water legislation. For a slideshow of the week's events and related links, see www.glc.org/greatlakesday/slideshow07
Great Lakes Commission releases FY2008 legislative priorities
The Great Lakes Commission, acting on behalf of its eight Member states, is calling upon Congress to take immediate action to protect the lakes against the threat of invasive species. Comprehensive legislation to curb the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species is the number one priority on the Commission's annual list of recommendations to Congress, released Feb. 28. The full list of the Commission's FY2008 legislative priorities is available at www.glc.org/restore
Great Lakes restoration legislation introduced
In conjunction with Great Lakes Day events, a bipartisan group of Great Lakes lawmakers introduced the Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act of 2007 (H.R.1350) on March 6. The measure is a comprehensive bill to stop sewage contamination, block invasive species and restore wetlands, three of the top priorities on the short list of regional priorities mentioned above. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers (R-Mich.) and Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) in the House. A companion bill (S.791) was introduced in the Senate on March 7 by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio).
- Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) Education/Outreach Symposium
April 10-11 2007
Traverse City, Mich.
- GLOS Annual Meeting
April 12-13, 2007
Niagara Falls, N.Y.
- Invasive Species Meetings
Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, ANS National Task Force, Aquatic Invasive Species State Management Plan Regional Summit
May 8-11, 2007
Tom Ridge Center
- 2007 Semiannual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission
May 14-16, 2007
Radisson Hotel City Centre
Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Consortium
The Great Lakes Commission, with funding from the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office, convened the Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Consortium to expand monitoring and reporting capabilities for Great Lakes coastal wetlands under the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Consisting of U.S. and Canadian science and policy experts, the Consortium is working with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute and other partners to develop a set of indicators and metrics to assess the overall status and trends of Great Lakes coastal wetlands. An inventory and classification system were developed in 2004. Together, these will form the basis of a long-term monitoring plan, due to be released in fall 2007. Contact: John Hummer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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