GLC holds 2017 Annual Meeting in Duluth
The GLC recently held its 2017 Annual Meeting in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota, right on the shore of Lake Superior. We were fortunate to feature fantastic speakers at the meeting, including U.S. Representative Rick Nolan, Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and representatives from our federal, state, and tribal partners.
At the meeting, Commissioners endorsed a joint action plan to address the growing water infrastructure crisis in the Great Lakes region. The plan outlines actions to address a backlog in needed upgrades and repairs to water-related infrastructure in the eight Great Lakes states and two provinces over the next 20 years — everything from wastewater treatment plants to stormwater pipes and drinking-water filtration systems.
Additionally, the GLC passed a resolution urging government agencies and research institutions to assess whether existing plans, programs and policies are adequate to protect the Great Lakes basin and its residents from the effects of contaminants of emerging concern, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals and microplastics.
The meeting also included presentations on navigational dredging, agricultural conservation, and preventing the introduction of aquatic invasive species through Chicago area waterways, and a panel of tribal representatives who discussed ways to better involve Great Lakes tribes in regional management of water resources.
For a full recap of the meeting click here.