News from the Great Lakes Commission  |  February 2018  |  View this email online 

Register now: GLC Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day registration still open

The 2018 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day events will take place March 6-8 at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Events feature dialogue on Great Lakes priorities by regional leaders and members of Congress who play a critical role in shaping Great Lakes policies. 

Meeting and registration information are available here.

GLC Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day

RFP: Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program

The request for proposals for the 2018 Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program grant program is now open.

Grants provided under this year’s program will focus on reducing sediment and phosphorus runoff into the Great Lakes through either the installation of long-term structural practices or implementation of nutrient management/”4R” type programs.

Please visit for more information.

Coalition urges Congress to include Great Lakes priorities in new Farm Bill

A coalition of Great Lakes states, agriculture, water utility and conservation leaders released a joint statement to Congress recently that highlighted program priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill to protect the region’s soil, drinking water and wildlife while promoting a strong farm economy.

The GLC was proud to join this group in calling on Congress to increase funding and implement policy reforms to improve working lands, easement, habitat restoration, and invasive species control programs; expand conservation technical assistance to promote the adoption of successful practices to protect water quality, increase productivity and conserve valuable wildlife habitat; and strengthen methods for demonstrating conservation success, improve research, and support state certification programs.

For more information and to read the statement, click here.

Great Lakes farm bill statement

Blue Accounting launches major effort to protect sources of drinking water in the Great Lakes region

Our Blue Accounting initiative recently launched an effort to protect the waters that serve as the source of drinking water for 48 million people within the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin. The GLC, which co-leads Blue Accounting in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, has worked with a binational coalition of water professionals since May 2017 to identify five shared goals for protecting sources of drinking water in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin.  

Blue Accounting is now recruiting suppliers of water, and organizations working to protect local sources of drinking water, to showcase their unique local strategies and investments that support regional achievement of shared goals. For more information, click here.

HABs Collaboratory kicks off 2018 by highlighting the science behind keeping Great Lakes water clean

Our Great Lakes HABs Collaboratory released a video recently that highlights the work being done around the Great Lakes to address harmful algal blooms (HABs) and underlying causes of the problem. The video features interviews with researchers, engineers, and advocates who participate in the Collaboratory.

The video is the newest addition in a series of outreach products produced by the HABs Collaboratory that can be found here.

President's budget cuts Great Lakes spending by 90 percent

We recently learned that the Trump administration's budget request for Fiscal Year 2019 would reduce Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding by 90 percent to roughly $30 million. 

This marks a significant decrease in funding for the GLRI, which serves as the most important line of defense against Asian carp, helps to protect drinking water for 48 million people and accelerates cleanup of Great Lakes toxic hotspots.

The GLRI was completely zeroed out in the President's proposed budget for FY18, but was eventually fully funded at $300 million thanks to the advocacy of the bipartisan Great Lakes congressional delegation.

We will continue to work with our local and federal partners to urge Congress to fully fund the GLRI as budget negotiations continue.

We're hiring: Adaptive Management Program Specialist

The GLC has an immediate opening for a self-starting, highly motivated team player to join our coastal conservation and habitat restoration program area. The Adaptive Management Program Specialist reports to the coastal conservation program manager and will assist with implementation of the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF), a program to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Phragmites management across the Great Lakes basin.

To learn more and apply, click here.

We're hiring!

Upcoming events

Feb. 20-22: 23rd Annual Wetland Science Conference
The Wisconsin Wetlands Association's 23rd annual Wetland Science Conference will be held February 20-22, 2018, at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. 

March 6-8: Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day
The Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day events will take place March 6-8, 2018, at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. 

Feb. 28 - March 1International Conference on Water Management Modeling (ICWMM)
The ICWMM brings together professionals from around the world to exchange ideas on current practices and emerging technologies in water management. 

May 9-10Great Lakes Fishery Commission Annual Meeting
The Great Lakes Fishery Commission Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for the public to learn about and discuss developments in the Great Lakes fishery. 

May 22-23: Great Lakes Dredging Team Annual Meeting
The Great Lakes Dredging Team Annual Meeting will be held this year in Toledo, Ohio.

For more events, visit the Great Lakes Calendar! 

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