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

GLC ready to work with new presidential administration, Congress on Great Lakes priorities

Many in the region are wondering what the election of Donald Trump might mean for the Great Lakes. Our executive director Tim Eder was quoted extensively in a recent news article on the topic.

"Eder said the bi-national commission would not 'rest on its laurels' and plans to educate the Trump Administration about how important the Great Lakes are as both an environmental treasure and economic asset.

'I'm also not going to sit back and assume he'll waltz into office and start investing in the Great Lakes because we think it's a good idea,' he said. 'We're going to have to work hard to make our case.'"

The article also discussed the opportunity for the Great Lakes to benefit from potential infrastructure investments.

"Eder said there's a 'very strong case to be made that the maritime infrastructure in the Great Lakes would be a good place to invest.'

'It's critical to manufacturing,' he said. 'If we're going to sustain and build on our manufacturing economy -- which seems to be consistent with (Trump's) economic platform -- then the Soo Locks are a fundamental piece of that puzzle.'"

The GLC remains fully committed to educating decision-makers on the enormous economic and ecological value of the Great Lakes. For more information on our federal priorities, please click here.

St. Marys River restoration

The St. Marys River flows again

The GLC and NOAA are leading efforts to restore several of the worst “toxic hotspots” or "Areas of Concern" in the region - including the St. Marys River.

We had some great news recently - thanks to support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the St. Marys River is flowing again over historical rapids and fish and wildlife habitat has begun to be restored in the Little Rapids! 

Check out the video from one of our local partners!.

St. Marys River restoration

GLC to lead two projects to spark adoption of green infrastructure across the region 

With support from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, the GLC has launched two projects to help accelerate adoption of green infrastructure across the basin. The first - the Great Lakes Stormwater Technology Transfer - seeks to advance adoption of stormwater management best practices and technologies across all sectors in the basin. An advisory group for this effort met for the first time on Sept. 29.

The second - the Green Infrastructure Champions Pilot Program - will create a peer-to-peer mentoring network that will engage experienced green infrastructure practitioners as “champions” to share successes and mentor emerging practitioners in communities that would like to use green infrastructure, but lack the capacity to do so. 

For more information on the projects, click here.


Great Lakes Today covers GLC's GLDIATOR

Great Lakes Today recently covered GLDIATR - our innovative web tool designed to prevent sales of aquatic invasive species over the internet. You can read the article here.

To learn more about the project and how we're using advanced technologies to keep invasive species out of the Great Lakes, click here.


2017-2018 GLC-Sea Grant Fellowship application now open

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 Great Lakes Commission - Sea Grant Fellowship, a one-year position located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 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. This will be the 18th year of this highly-respected fellowship program.

Check out the details on this great opportunity here!


Save the date for the 2017 GLC Semiannual Meeting & Great Lakes Day

The 2017 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day will be held March 14-16 in Washington, D.C.! 

For more information, visit our meeting website.


Upcoming events

December 7: Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative Webinar: MNRF Phragmites Emergency Herbicide Use Project-Rondeau Park & Long Point Crown Marsh
This webinar will summarize a pilot project using an herbicide to control Phragmites in sensitive Lake Erie coastal wetlands.

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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