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

GLC celebrates Little Rapids Restoration Project completion 

On August 24, the GLC joined U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI-1), NOAA, and a host of local partners to celebrate the completion of the Little Rapids Restoration Project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The project reestablished the flow of water to the Little Rapids for the first time in more than 50 years. This will create new fish and wildlife habitat in the St. Marys River, and is expected to revitalize tourism and sport fishing opportunities on the river.

Click here for more pictures from the event.

Little Rapids Restoration Project

GLC awarded funding to assess GLRI impact on influencing farmers to improve Great Lakes water quality

The GLC recently received funding for a new project that will help us understand the current and potential future impact of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative spending on agricultural conservation, so that we can better protect the water more than 48 million people rely on for drinking, tourism, business, and more.

To learn more about this exciting new project, click here.

Goodbye to Tim Eder, GLC executive director

Longtime GLC Executive Director Tim Eder recently announced he will be leaving the Commission. We're sad that Tim will be leaving, but excited to work with him in his new role at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Tim has led the GLC since 2006. Deputy Director Tom Crane will serve as interim executive director.

Thanks Tim and best of luck! 

Tim Eder

2016 GLC Annual Report now available

We recently published our 2016 Annual Report, which includes a look at how the GLC is effectively managing our general, restricted and cash reserve funds to achieve our members' goals and objectives. It also includes a message from our executive director and our chair and provides highlights from our extensive work in 2016. 

Click here to read the report. 

GLC announces $1.6 million in grants to reduce phosphorus and sediment in the Great Lakes

The GLC recently awarded more than $1.6 million to state and local organizations to reduce phosphorus and sediment runoff in critical Great Lakes watersheds. The Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program task force selected 18 projects from across the basin. Funding for the projects is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

To learn more about our Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program and the projects it is funding, click here.

GLC awarded funding to restore Areas of Concern in Ohio and Michigan 

The GLC will receive $375,000 to develop engineering design plans to restore wetland habitat at the Penn 7 site in the Maumee River Area of Concern in Ohio, and to excavate and dispose of sediments to restore wetlands in the Black Creek Marsh in the Clinton River Area of Concern in Michigan.

Since 2008, the GLC has been awarded nearly $40 million to restore key sites across the basin. The GLC works in coordination with NOAA, Great Lakes states, and local partners.

Upcoming events

Sept. 16: September Adopt-a-Beach
Join the Alliance for the Great Lakes for their September Adopt-a-Beach event, part of the International Coastal Cleanup. The event is scheduled for September 16, but dates and times may vary. 

Sept. 19-20: 2017 GLC Annual Meeting
The  2017 GLC Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 19-20, 2017, in Duluth, Minnesota. Our meetings offer an opportunity for Great Lakes stakeholders to convene with colleagues and share perspectives on important Great Lakes issues. 

Oct. 11-12: 2017 GLOS Annual Meeting
The Great Lakes data sharing community gathers once a year to swap stories, share best practices and learn new things. The meeting this year will take place at NOAA-Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Nov. 8-9: 13th Annual MiCorps Conference and Training
The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) hosts an annual conference each fall to report on volunteer monitoring activities in the state. Training is provided at the conference for interested volunteer coordinators. 

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