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

GLC reaffirms commitment to regional maritime system

On October 6 and 7, we were thrilled to host more than 120 people in Toronto for our Annual Meeting. As part of the proceedings, the GLC endorsed a strategy to further grow the $30 billion Great Lakes-St. Lawrence maritime transportation system, and committed our commissioners and staff to using our leadership role in the region to support it.

The GLC also adopted a resolution calling on both the U.S. and Canadian federal governments to increase funding to maintain and improve aging water infrastructure – including by supporting green infrastructure.

You can read more of about the meeting here or check out coverage from Great Lakes Today!

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GLC brokers Fox River water quality trade

We're excited to announce that the GLC recently brokered the first modern water quality trade between a crop farmer and a waste-water treatment facility in the U.S side of the Great Lakes basin! Water quality trading is an innovative, market-based approach to reducing pollution that allows "point" sources like municipal water treatment facilities to work with "non-point" sources like agricultural producers to reduce pollution entering the watershed.

The trade agreement was signed in the Fox River basin in Wisconsin. For coverage of the trade, check out this article from the Wisconsin State Farmer.


GLC kicks off ErieStat 

On October 18, we kicked off our ErieStat project to track progress toward meeting the shared, binational goal of a 40% reduction in phosphorus in the Western Lake Erie Basin! ErieStat and the Annex 4 Performance Measures Working Group held a joint kickoff meeting in Ann Arbor.

The group shared information about current work to reduce or track phosphorus and explored potential information delivery technology to support ErieStat.

For more on ErieStat, part of our innovative Blue Accounting initiative, click here.


IJC newsletter covers GLC's Greater Lakes project

The International Joint Commission recently released their e-newsletter, which included an article on our Greater Lakes project. Greater Lakes looked at how six Great Lakes municipalities were addressing water management issues, with a goal of helping other communities in the basin learn from their experiences.

Check out the story here.

GLC convenes Chicago Area Waterways System Advisory Committee

Since 2010, the GLC has convened the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) Advisory Committee, which includes regional leaders and local stakeholders interested in preventing the transfer of aquatic invasive species (AIS) between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes watersheds via Chicago-area waterways.

On October 14, we convened the group to review current understanding of invasive species risks; results from recent monitoring and control efforts for Asian carp; potential control actions at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam; and continued analysis of impacts from a long-term solution to prevent AIS transfer through the CAWS.

To learn more about the CAWS Advisory Committee and its work, visit our website.

Meet our new staff! 

The GLC is growing and we are thrilled to have recently welcomed four new staffers!

Karen Alexander will be working with state, federal and local land managers throughout the region to coordinate the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF) under the umbrella of the GLC's Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative. Karen is a native of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, honours biology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a post graduate certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. 

Siyu Fan is joining us as GIS Developer. He was recently at DTE Energy, as well as Eastern Michigan University's Institute for Geospatial Research and Education. Siyu is currently finishing his doctorate in GIS at EMU.

Adam Heath is the new helpdesk technician for the GLC. His current role is to support users with technical issues, and any other technical requests they may have. He recently graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in history and philosophy.

Edo Jakupovich is the 2016 Government of Québec intern. He will be involved in a variety of projects including the Great Lakes Regional Water Use Database and the Great Lakes Maritime Transportation System Strategy. Edo earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Université Laval in Québec City, and attended Université de Montréal, where he pursued a master’s degree in urban planning, focusing on the implementation of Integrated water resources management in Greater Montréal. Edo comes to us after working for the City of Québec as a Transport Analyst.

Upcoming events

November 2-3: Great Lakes ANS Panel Meeting
The fall meeting of the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A meeting agenda and materials are available on the Great Lakes Panel website.

November 2-3: 12th Annual Conference of the Michigan Clean Water Corps
The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) conference and training is an annual event featuring optional training sessions and other pre-conference events during the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, November 2nd, and presentations and dialogue on lake and stream monitoring activities in Michigan on Thursday, November 3rd.

November 16-17: Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Ballast Water Workshop
The GLC and partners invite stakeholders to attend this workshop on the current status of preventing aquatic invasive species introduction and spread through ballast water discharge in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region.

March 14-16Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day
Save the date for the GLC Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day events, which will take place March 14-16, 2017, at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. 

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