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



Title: Great Lakes Commission News Briefs
 
Great Lakes Commission News Briefs
A monthly summary of issues, activities and events
at the Great Lakes Commission
May 18, 2007
Commission News
  • The Great Lakes Commission approved a new five-year strategic plan at its 2007 Semiannual Meeting, May 14-15 in Indianapolis. See www.glc.org/about/strategy. Meeting attendees also discussed strategies for implementing the recommendations of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration, approaches to solving the problem of aquatic invasive species and specific Great Lakes priorities of the host state of Indiana. Presentations are online at www.glc.org/announce/07/05presentations.html. Indiana environmental leader Lee Botts was presented with the Commission's Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her efforts to protect the Indiana Dunes and the Great Lakes. More information at www.glc.org/announce/07/05botts.html. A slide show of photos from the meeting is available at www.glc.org/announce/07/05semiannpix.html. See Policy and Advocacy section below for information on the ballast water resolution adopted at the meeting.

  • The Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) held its spring meeting jointly with the federal ANS Task Force at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie, Pa., May 8-11. The meeting included an all-day session on ANS state management plans from a Great Lakes perspective, moderated by the Great Lakes Commission. The session featured outcomes from a two-year series of state workshops conducted by the Commission to support the advancement of state management plans and generated recommendations for developing and implementing such plans in the Great Lakes and other regions of the country. Meeting summaries and related materials will be posted, as they become available, at www.glc.org/ans/panel.html#glpmeet and www.glc.org/ans/initiatives#advance.

Policy and Advocacy
Congress urged to make ballast water legislation #1 Great Lakes priority
This week the Commission unanimously adopted a resolution urging the region's congressional delegation to make its top 2007 Great Lakes priority the passage of legislation to reduce and ultimately eliminate the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species from ballast water. The resolution also renews the request, made repeatedly by the Great Lakes states, through the Commission and the Council of Great Lakes Governors, and the mayors through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, that Congress enact and the president sign comprehensive legislation, such as the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act of 2005 (reflected in S. 770, H.B. 1591 and H.B. 1592). For the full text of the resolution, see www.glc.org/about/resolutions.

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Featured Project
Great Lakes Dredging Team
The Great Lakes Commission provides staff support to the Great Lakes Dredging Team (GLDT), a partnership of federal and state agencies created to assure that navigational dredging in the Great Lakes system is conducted in a timely, cost-effective and environmentally sound manner. Many of the issues it addresses center around dredged material management, including the challenges presented by limited space in confined disposal facilities, remediation of contaminated sediments, options for beneficial uses of dredged material, and evaluations of relevant federal and state policies. GLDT staff are completing an illustrated brochure outlining Great Lakes dredging needs and the importance of navigational dredging to the North American economy. The GLDT will also soon be reconvening its Windows Advisory Team to continue work toward identifying those times when dredging may be conducted in the most environmentally benign and cost-effective manner. Contact: Victoria Pebbles, vpebbles@glc.org


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