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

House Committee approves level funding of GLRI

The GLC continues to press Congress to fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) at its authorized level of $300 million. In late June, the GLC wrote to leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees outlining the benefits of the program to the Great Lakes states. 

On July 10, we joined with the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, the Council of Great Lakes Industries and the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition to send a unified message to House and Senate appropriators that continued support for the bipartisan GLRI is critical for our region.

On July 18, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved full funding of the GLRI at $300 million for FY 2018. This is great news from the Great Lakes, although more work remains to be done. Read the full story by Great Lakes Today. 

We will continue advocating for the GLRI as it moves to consideration by the full House and to the Senate. For more information on the GLRI and how it's at work in your state click here

Registration now open for 2017 GLC Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2017 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting! Join us this September in Duluth as we continue to address issues of common concern, develop shared solutions and collectively advance an agenda to protect and enhance the region’s economic prosperity and environmental health.

Register now! 

HABs Collaboratory and Invasive Mussel Collaborative hold webinars

Two GLC-led organizations recently hosted webinars:

The Great Lakes HABs Collaboratory discussed harmful algal bloom field work conducted during this summer season. Seven presenters from across the Great Lakes region shared their progress.

The Invasive Mussel Collaborative discussed approaches to watercraft inspections and decontamination for zebra and quagga mussels. 

Both webinars will be posted on the GLC's YouTube channel.

Great Lakes Daily News gets a makeover

Great Lakes Daily News got a fresh new look and better functionality earlier this month.  

If you're not already a subscriber, now's a great time to sign up to receive Great Lakes Daily News - a daily digest of news affecting the world's largest surface freshwater system. Email updates are curated by GLC staff and are an easy and convenient way to keep up with important Great Lakes news. 

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Deadline to apply for green infrastructure grants approaching

The deadline to submit proposals for the Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant Program is July 31!  This program will provide funding to help small and medium sized communities implement green infrastructure. It's part of our exciting new Great Lakes Green Infrastructure Champions Pilot Program, which seeks to catalyze the adoption of green infrastructure practices and policies across the basin by bringing together green infrastructure leaders and helping them share their knowledge.

To apply for the mini-grant program, click here

GLC staff helps clean up Huron River

GLC staff helped clean up the Huron River in Ann Arbor recently. We pulled trash out of the river - including a bicycle and two chairs! The Huron is 130 miles long and flows into Lake Erie. 

Upcoming events

Aug. 24:  Little Rapids Restoration Project Completion Celebration
Please join U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman and GLC Chairman Jon Allan to celebrate the completion of the Little Rapids Restoration Project on August 24, 2017 in Rotary Park in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. 

Sept. 19-20: 2017 GLC Annual Meeting
Register now for the 2017 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting, to 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. 

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