News from the Great Lakes Commission  |  May 2017  |  View this email online 

Good news on Great Lakes funding

Good news for the Great Lakes: final appropriations for the current fiscal year will provide level funding of $300 million for the critical Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). President Trump had requested a $50 million reduction.

We believe this restoration of funding reflects the strong support in Congress for the GLRI. However, there is more work to be done to fight for funding for next year, which the President has zeroed out in his FY 2018 budget. 

For more information on the GLRI, including an interactive map of projects, factsheets on the impact of the GLRI on each Great Lakes state, and more, visit our website.

Ballast water resources now available

In November, the GLC brought stakeholders together to review the status of preventing aquatic invasive species introduction and spread through ballast water discharge. This workshop provided an opportunity for representatives of federal, state and provincial agencies, industry, ports, researchers, and environmental groups to share information and develop a common base of understanding of current conditions – and associated challenges and opportunities.

The workshop included presentations and discussion on the current regulatory framework (including federal legislation), the status of treatment technology, the state of the science, and stakeholder perspectives on ballast water management in the U.S. and Canada. Two briefing papers were prepared to provide background information for workshop participants, both of which are now available on our website. In addition, a GIS-based story map was developed to simulate a real ship’s voyage and the ballast water management compliance steps it would implement along the way. The story map is now also available online.

IJC newsletter features article on GLC Semiannual Meeting & Great Lakes Day

Thanks to the International Joint Commission for featuring an article on our 2017 Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day in their Great Lakes Connection newsletter!

You can read the article here in English and French.

Welcome new interns!

We're excited to welcome three interns this summer at the GLC!

Ned Willig will join us to work on water infrastructure, source water protection and green infrastructure. Ned graduated from Brown University in 2016 with degrees in geology and biology and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Environmental Informatics at the University of Michigan.

Reilly Manz will support our communications and policy staff this summer. He joins us from the University of Missouri, where he recently earned a bachelor's degree in political science.

Margo Davis will join us in July as our 2017-2018 GLC-Sea Grant Fellow. Margo received her BA in environmental science from Colorado College in 2013 and is currently finishing an MS in environmental science and policy at Johns Hopkins University. Margo will work on joint efforts between Sea Grant and the GLC in areas related to Harmful Algal Blooms and coastal community development, and will help develop new partnerships related to green infrastructure and urban stormwater management.

Save the Date: Join us this fall in Duluth for our 2017 Annual Meeting

Please save the date for our 2017 GLC Annual Meeting, which will be held September 19-20 in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota! 

More information will be posted on the meeting website as it becomes available.

Upcoming events

May 15-19: 2017 International Association for Great Lakes Research Conference
Researchers from around the world are in Detroit for IAGLR's 60th annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. Join GLC staff for presentations on developing a collaborative regional approach to Phragmites management, our Blue Accounting initiative, the Lower Fox Demonstration Farms Network, and more! 

May 22-232017 Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Dredging Team
Join the Great Lakes Dredging Team for its 2017 Annual Meeting, to be held at the Pier B Resort in Duluth, Minnesota.

May 31-June 2Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference
Join our Program Director Victoria Pebbles for a panel discussing challenges and opportunities to scaling green infrastructure regionally.

June 14-16: Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Meeting
Join the Cities Initiative in Montréal, Québec, for their 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference.

June 20-22Great Lakes ANS Panel Meeting
The next meeting of the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species is scheduled for June 20-22, 2017 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Details and logistical information is provided on the Great Lakes Panel webpage.

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