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

GLC and partners celebrate the completion of the Buffalo River Habitat Restoration Project 

On July 30, the GLC, U.S. Representative Brian Higgins, and our local, state and federal partners celebrated the completion of the Buffalo River Habitat Restoration Project! Together we've restored nearly two miles of shoreline and twenty acres of habitat in eight project sites, enhanced fish and wildlife habitat and vastly improved the health of the Buffalo River, providing the community with better fishing, wildlife viewing, and recreational opportunities. 

Check out this great story from the Buffalo News about the event. To learn more about GLC's work to restore habitat in Great Lakes Areas of Concern, click here.

New video released by Green Infrastructure Champions grantee

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority recently released a great new video about their work to install stormwater management features at two Ontario schools. This work was made possible by a mini-grant from our Great Lakes Green Infrastructure Champions Project.

A rain garden was installed at Jeanne-Sauve French Immersion Public School, and a swale is now located in the parking area between Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School and Northbrae Public School. Students helped to plant the rain gardens and participated in a stormwater education program!

New study shows Great Lakes system shipping supports over 237,000 jobs and $35 billion in economic activity

A new study released by the Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reports that in 2017 alone maritime commerce on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system supported:

• 237,868 jobs
• $35 billion in economic activity
• $14.2 billion in personal income and local consumption expenditures
• $6.6 billion in federal, state/provincial and local tax revenue

To learn more, visit

GLC hosts Doris Duke Conservation Scholars 

GLC is excited to host interns Juliette Pascual and Whitney Vong this summer through the University of Michigan's Doris Duke Conservation Scholars program!

Recently, the scholars traveled to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where Whitney gave a presentation about the Little Rapids Restoration Project to the rest of the scholars. The recently completed project, funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), restored healthy water flow to about 70 acres of aquatic habitat on the St. Marys River, created safer pedestrian access for fishers, and reintroduced spawning habitats for fish species like Lake Sturgeon and Whitefish. Monitoring of the St. Marys River is still being conducted by Lake Superior State University's Aquatic Research Lab, which the scholars also visited on their trip.

To learn more about the Little Rapids Restoration Project, click here.

GLC at 2018 One Water Summit 

Building off of the GLC’s 2017 Joint Action Plan for Clean Water Infrastructure and Services, a delegation of Great Lakes Commissioners attended the US Water Alliance's 2018 One Water Summit, where they discussed strategies for advancing one of the Action Plan’s key recommendations. In the coming year, the GLC will work with regional stakeholders to develop a framework for best practices for integrated water infrastructure asset management, including drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater, for use by states and provinces in the Great Lakes region.

Congrats and farewell to Heather Braun 

Congratulations and happy trails to one of our very best, GLC program manager Heather Braun, who has accepted a new position with Environment & Climate Change Canada! 

Over the past eight years, Heather has been a true champion for restoring the Great Lakes. Under her leadership, the GLC has initiated more than 60 habitat restoration projects through our partnership with NOAA, launched a regional collaborative to address the spread of non-native Phragmites, and is leading an initiative to evaluate the economic impact of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Heather, the GLC will miss you but look forward to working with you in your new role!

Upcoming events

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.

October 9-12: State of Lake Superior Conference
IAGLR and Michigan Technological University are pleased to announce that the 2018 State of Lake Superior (SOLS) Conference will be held October 9-12 in Houghton, Michigan.

October 16-17Great Lakes Observing System Annual Meeting
The 2018 GLOS annual meeting will take place at the Michigan DNR Outdoor Activity Center in Detroit, Michigan.

October 17-18Great Lakes Restoration Conference
The HOW Coalition’s annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference will be held at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan.

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