News from the Great Lakes Commission  |  July 2016  |  View this email online 

Great Lakes governors approve historic Waukesha diversion

In a historic decision and the first test of the binational ‪Great Lakes‬ Compact, the eight Great Lakes governors voted to allow the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, to divert, use, treat and return Lake Michigan water, with a series of well-crafted stipulations. 

For more information, check out this explainer from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

After decades of planning, work begins on key St. Marys River restoration project

On June 28, we kicked off a key project to restore the Little Rapids portion of the St. Marys River, following decades of planning by local, state, federal and tribal partners.

The Little Rapids Restoration Project will result in reconnected water flow, improved habitat for native fish populations, revitalized tourism and sport fishing opportunities on the river, and better community access for fishing, bird watching, and recreation via a new pedestrian walkway.

Congrats to local partners! 

 Jon Allan, chair of the Great Lakes Commission and director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, speaks at the Little Rapids Restoration Project kickoff event.

Tracking progress toward a healthier Lake Erie

The GLC is excited to announce ErieStat — an information platform to track progress toward meeting the shared, binational goal of a 40% reduction in phosphorus loads to the Western ‪Lake Erie‬ Basin. To learn more about ErieStat, click here.

ErieStat is part of our groundbreaking Blue Accounting program, which will bring together the right people to determine how best to track progress against shared, region-wide goals, and deliver the right information to help leaders better set priorities and allocate resources. 

Lower Fox Demo Farm Network: tips on cover crops, drought proofing, and more

Our Lower Fox Demonstration Farm Network recently held a successful Field Day and Open House for more than 55 producers, partners, and landowners. Our participating farms demonstrated cutting-edge conservation practices that reduce phosphorus entering Green Bay and Lake Michigan and help improve‪ Great Lakes‬ water quality.

Green Bay's Fox 11 News covered the event. Check out their recap and video here.

Using a collective impact framework to guide the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative

Our Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative was established in 2012 as a regional-scale partnership to improve collaboration among stakeholders and increase the effectiveness of non-native Phragmites management and research.The Collaborative is well-recognized for their leadership and were recently accepted to publish a paper detailing their use of the innovative "collective impact approach" in the journal Biological Invasions. 

Visit our website to learn more.

We're hiring! 

The GLC is currently hiring for a number of positions, including Director of Strategic Engagement for Blue Accounting, Water Quality Senior Program Specialist, and Adaptive Management Program Specialist. Visit our job opportunities page to learn more. 

2015 GLC Annual Report now available

We recently published our 2015 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 2015. 

Click here to read the report. 

New staff at the GLC

We are thrilled to have recently welcomed four new staffers to the GLC!

Elaine Ferrier joined us as a senior program specialist working on aquatic invasive species and habitat restoration. Elaine comes to us from London, Ontario and has a bachelor’s degree from Trent University and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. She has worked as a biologist in several positions with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, including serving as co-chair of the Ontario Phragmites Working Group, which brings excellent experience to support our Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative.

Michael Polich recently began a year-long Sea Grant fellowship at the GLC . Michael hails from Wisconsin, and has undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering (civil, environmental and biological systems). He also recently received a law degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Cecilia Weibert recently joined us as a program specialist working on aquatic invasive species projects. Cecilia comes to us from the Michigan DNR / Dept. of Ag. She is a proud graduate of the University of Miami.

Mark Yoders joined us as a GIS Program Specialist. In his current role he supports data aggregation, standardization and tracking for hazard and inland sensitivity analyses. Additionally, Mark has tasks in researching datasets and automation and semi-automation potential to improve product workflow. Prior to joining us Mark was at the Biophysical Modeling Department at Quantum Spatial.

Upcoming events

July 7: HABs Collaboratory State of Science Webinar: HABs and Safe Drinking Water
Learn about ongoing research projects aiming to aid water treatment plants in ensuring safe drinking water.

July 19: HABs Collaboratory State of Science Webinar: HABs Blooms Detection, Composition & Effects
Learn more about research projects on composition, structure, detection, and identification of Harmful Algal Blooms. 

July 25-29: Interpreting Sediment in the Field: Theory and Field Methods 
Join the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Great Lakes Commission for a week-long, advanced course on sedimentation in the Great Lakes basin.

August 17: Crude Move Webinar Series: Regulatory Activity and Environmental Requirements
Join the Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network for the Crude Move webinar series, in which participants will explore the transport of crude oil across the Great Lakes basin.

October 3-7: Great Lakes Week
Check out our webpage detailing all of the exciting Great Lakes activities happening in Toronto this October!

October 6-7: Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting
Save the date for the 2016 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting at the Fairmont Royal York in beautiful Toronto. Additional details will be published as the meeting date approaches.

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