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Title: GLIN: What's New and Notable

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01 August 2005

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Great Lakes Regional Collaboration

GLIN Site of the Month 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.

Solo Superior

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 Program

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 basin.

Testing the Waters 2005

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.

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Great Lakes Commission
Ann Arbor, Mich.