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

Great Lakes Commission, Lawrence Tech champion new initiative to stop stormwater pollution through technology

The GLC, in partnership with Lawrence Technological University, recently kicked off the Great Lakes Stormwater Technology Transfer Collaborative, a new group that aims to spread the use of advanced stormwater technology throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region.

Innovations in stormwater management, such as green infrastructure design, data-driven water management systems, and proprietary structural systems are vital in protecting communities from polluted stormwater and flooding. But smaller or financially struggling communities can face challenges in implementing them.

Click here to learn more about the new collaborative or here to read a great article about the effort from Michigan's WCMU Public Radio. 

Great Lakes Stormwater Technology Transfer Collaborative

Blue Accounting website launched

The GLC and The Nature Conservancy recently launched new information services for our Blue Accounting initiative, which helps leaders across the Great Lakes basin manage the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem in a more collaborative, effective and holistic manner.

The new Blue Accounting site will provide reliable, timely, and easily understandable information to help Great Lakes leaders assess how their investments and actions are affecting the condition of our economy and natural resources in the Great Lakes region.

Click here to learn more.

Blue Accounting

Full funding for GLRI moves forward in Congress

The critical Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) would receive full funding of $300 million next year under a spending bill recently released by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The EPA funding bill passed earlier this year by the House also provided full funding of $300 million for the GLRI.

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, was zeroed out in the President's proposed budget earlier this year.

There is more work to be done to ensure the GLRI is fully funded in years to come, but thanks to our bipartisan Great Lakes congressional delegation for all of their work thus far! 

Now accepting applications: GLC – Sea Grant fellowship

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Great Lakes Commission – Sea Grant fellowship! The selected fellow will work with members of the Great Lakes’ science, policy, communication and education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable development goals of the Great Lakes states. 

To learn more about this great opportunity, now in its 18th year, click here.

Save the Date: 2018 GLC Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day

Please save the date for the 2018 GLC Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day, to be held March 6-8, 2018 in Washington, D.C. at The Madison Hotel. 

More information will be posted here as the meeting approaches.

Upcoming events

Jan. 3-5: No-Spills 2018 Annual Conference
The 28th Annual No-Spills Conference is a premier environmental and emergency response event focused on preventing hazardous material spills into the Great Lakes and its tributaries. 

Jan. 17: WEBINARMulti-scale remote sensing methods for Phragmites detection in southwestern Ontario
Presented by the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative, a network of agencies, organizations and citizens who are engaged in Phragmites in some way, including management, research and communication..

Feb. 20-22: 23rd Annual Wetland Science Conference
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, DC. Events will feature dialogue on Great Lakes priorities by regional leaders and members of Congress who play a critical role in shaping Great Lakes policies.

For more events, visit the Great Lakes Calendar! 

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