Lakes Regional Collaboration
Guided by a U.S. Executive
Order, the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) is a
wide-ranging, cooperative effort to design and implement a strategy
for the restoration, protection and sustainable use of the Great
Lakes. The draft plan was released for public comment on July 7,
2005. A 60-day public comment period will extend through Sept. 9.
This web site, www.glrc.us,
provides full text of the draft plan, background on the initiative
and various ways to submit comments. The final strategy document is
scheduled for release in December 2005.
Jim Dreyer, will pursue his twelfth and thirteenth
world records on August 1, 2005, when he attempts to swim alone
across Lake Superior, leaving from Whitefish Point, Michigan,
destined for Cape Gargantua, Ontario, pulling supplies and
navigational equipment in a dinghy, for more than 54 miles.
Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring
Established in 1995, the Marsh Monitoring Program
provides valuable information about the health and ecological
integrity of Great Lakes coastal and inland wetlands. The program
works with multiple partners and also engages the skills and
dedication of volunteer "citizen scientists."
Environmental Quality -- The Battle Over
Water in Michigan
The topic of water is
receiving intense scrutiny in recent years by lawmakers in Michigan.
This series of articles includes an in-depth discussion of the
governor's proposed "Water Legacy Act" and issues related to
regulating the use and withdrawal of water from the Great Lakes
Testing the Waters
The report, "Testing the Waters," which
covers ocean, bay and Great Lakes beaches, identifies the best and
worst performers when it comes to protecting beachgoers from
contaminated water. NRDC also makes recommendations to all levels of
government and citizens on how to help control the problem areas.