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

St. Marys River restoration showcased in new video 

We recently released a new video highlighting restoration work completed under the NOAA-GLC Regional Habitat Restoration Partnership and thanks to the support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The video, St. Marys River, Little Rapids: Post Restorationsheds light on the collaborative approach to completing the Little Rapids Restoration Project and the resulting economic and environmental benefits passed to the community in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Click here to watch the video!

GLC launches online portal for maritime jobs on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River

The GLC recently launched a one-stop online portal for information about maritime careers on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The website provides information on types of maritime careers, employers, training and certifications and is now accepting postings for available jobs. 

The maritime industry on the Great Lakes moves 200 million tons of freight each year, generates 227,000 jobs and $34 billion in business revenue, and supports industries such as manufacturing, steel production, agriculture and power generation.

To learn more, click here.

GLC Open House registration still open! 

Please join us on June 4 for an open house to see the Great Lakes Commission’s new office and to meet our new executive director, Darren Nichols!

Beer, wine and appetizers will be provided. Short remarks will begin at 6:15 p.m. EDT. Please click here to RSVP by May 30.

If you can’t join us in person, join us on our Facebook page for a live broadcast of remarks starting at 6:15 p.m. EDT. (RSVP is not required to view the facebook broadcast)

GLC and MDEQ announce stream cleanup grants

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and GLC recently announced more than $21,000 in grants to support local efforts to clean up rivers, streams and creeks across the state. 

Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program provides grants to local units of government to clean and improve Michigan waterways. Local governments often partner with nonprofit organizations or other volunteer groups for the cleanups, which include removal of trash and other debris from streams and stream banks. 

GLC urges Congress to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in FY19

In a letter to U.S. Senate and House of Representative appropriators, the GLC urged Congress to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in FY 2019. The GLRI was cut by 90% in the President’s budget proposal, despite U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt declaring in a recent report to Congress that “the GLRI is protecting public health in the Great Lakes more than any other coordinated interagency effort in U.S. history.” 

A recent EPA appropriations bill approved by the House appropriations subcommittee provides level funding of $300 million for the GLRI, but the bill has not been considered by the full appropriations committee. An EPA funding bill has not yet been released in the Senate.

Upcoming events

June 4: Great Lakes Commission Open House
Please join us on June 4 for an open house to see the Great Lakes Commission’s new office and to meet our new executive director, Darren Nichols! Please RSVP by May 30.

June 13-15: 2018 Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Meeting and Conference
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative's Annual Meeting and Conference brings together stakeholders (municipal, federal, state, provincial, tribal/First Nations/Metis, NGOs, private, academic) from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region to share best practices, discuss shared issues and move forward the protection and restoration of the resource.

June 18-22: IAGLR’s 61st Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research
Fellow researchers from around the world will gather in Scarborough, on the green edge of Toronto, for IAGLR's 61st annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. 

October 2-32018 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting
Please save the date for the 2018 GLC Annual Meeting, to be held at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis.

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