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

GLC releases research papers on oil transportation in Great Lakes region

The GLC recently released three research papers we commissioned on key aspects of oil transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region. The papers focused on the current state of crude oil infrastructure, the economic impact of crude oil transportation, and the environmental sensitivity of Great Lakes waters to oil exposure. 

The release of these papers is a continuation of our work on key issues associated with oil transportation in the region. The authors of the papers also presented their findings at a first-of-its-kind symposium on oil transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region. More than 75 U.S. and Canadian government, industry, academic and NGO stakeholders discussed risks, opportunities and lessons learned for oil transportation.

Proceedings and a video of the symposium will be posted soon on our website - stay tuned!

GLC speaks at National Maritime Day celebration

National Maritime Day honors the contributions of the maritime sector in the United States. Because of our long history working on commercial navigation issues in the Great Lakes, our policy director Matt Doss was recently invited to deliver the keynote address at a National Maritime Day event in Duluth on May 22. He spoke about the enormous impact of maritime commerce in the Great Lakes - more than 225,000 jobs and $30 billion in business revenue for the region!

"This really is a day to honor the people that work in the industry, the private sector," Matt  said. "All the people that make this industry work, people that have given their lives over the years on the great storms that come up in the Great Lakes, so it's an opportunity to honor them - kind of like a memorial day for mariners." 

Check out Matt's interview with local TV station Fox 21 here!

Green infrastructure grants available for small communities

We're pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant Program! 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.

For more information and to apply for the mini-grant program, click here. A webinar discussing the RFP will be held on July 10. Click here to register.

Blue Accounting launches collaborative effort to protect Great Lakes source water

The GLC recently brought together water professionals from around the Great Lakes basin to discuss regional goals for protecting source water. Source water includes the lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater that more than 48 million people in the basin rely on for drinking, sanitation, agriculture, and manufacturing purposes. Protecting our source water before it is treated and delivered to homes and businesses is essential for maintaining public health, a high quality of life, and sustaining our regional economy.

This meeting launched the Great Lakes Source Water Initiative, a pilot project under the GLC and The Nature Conservancy’s new Blue Accounting initiative. Blue Accounting helps leaders across the basin manage the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem in a more collaborative, effective and holistic manner.

Michigan Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program grant awards for 2017

We recently partnered with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to announce nearly $51,000 in grants to help five organizations perform local water quality monitoring work under the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) Program. The grants will help provide training and support for volunteers working to monitor water quality in Michigan. 

Congratulations to the organizations receiving grants!

Upcoming events

June 14-16: Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Meeting
Join the Cities Initiative in Montréal, Québec, for their 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference.

June 21Binational Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Forum
The forum will bring together representatives of federal, state and provincial agencies, research facilities, environmental groups, private industry, and other key stakeholders, from the U.S. and Canada who are working on aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues

Sept. 19-20: 2017 GLC Annual Meeting
Save the date: the Great Lakes Commission 2017 Annual Meeting will 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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