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GLIN==> Great Lakes Commission News Briefs: Jan. 18, 2007

Title: Great Lakes Commission News Briefs
A monthly summary of issues, activities and events
at the Great Lakes Commission
January 18, 2007

  • A yearlong effort to document municipal investments in Great Lakes protection and restoration is being undertaken by the Great Lakes Commission in partnership with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. The project will survey Great Lakes cities, towns and villages in order to assess local contributions toward achieving the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration. The results will support decisionmaking and advocacy efforts in implementing the Great Lakes Strategic Restoration Plan developed by the Regional Collaboration. Contact: Becky Lameka, blameka@glc.org.

  • An improved Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) Maps and GIS section has been unveiled by the Great Lakes Commission. The new web site allows users to view various Great Lakes data in a GIS format, download geospatial data for the Great Lakes, create their own maps using common Internet tools such as GoogleEarth and contribute data to the collection. For more information, see www.glc.org/announce/07/01glinda.html. Contact: Pete Giencke, pgiencke@glc.org.

Great Lakes Day in Washington
The annual Great Lakes policy forum, co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest Institute, will be held March 6-7, 2007, in Washington, D.C. A congressional hearing on invasive species is expected to be the highlight of the gathering, which will also include a breakfast reception featuring remarks by members of Congress and others, under the theme "Five Lakes - One Voice." Representatives of the Great Lakes Commission and partner organizations will also visit congressional offices to discuss matters of regional importance. Contact: Jon MacDonagh-Dumler, jonmacd@glc.org

More events

Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control
The Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control helps improve water quality by supporting community level efforts to control erosion, sedimentation and storm water runoff. Sediment is a major water pollution problem, not only choking rivers and streams but also bearing with it contaminants from the land. The program is currently offering a total of $2 million in federal grants to local entities for projects that help control erosion and sedimentation in the Great Lakes basin; the deadline for applications is March 1, 2007. See http://glc.org/basin or contact Gary Overmier, garyo@glc.org.

Great Lakes Commission
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2805 S. Industrial Hwy, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6791
A News Briefs archive can be found at www.glc.org/email/archive