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GLIN==> Great Lakes Commission News Briefs: May 21, 2008

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 21, 2008

Great Lakes Wind Collaborative
More than 120 Great Lakes policymakers and business leaders interested in development of wind energy attended the first annual meeting of the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative held May 6-7 in Buffalo, N.Y. The Wind Collaborative was created in 2007 to provide a forum to address issues affecting the planning, development and operation of wind power facilities in the Great Lakes region. More

Great Lakes Compact passes in Wisconsin and Michigan legislatures, leaving two states to approve
Acting in a special session May 15, both houses of the Wisconsin State Legislature passed the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin Compact by wide margins. The vote in the Wisconsin Senate was 32-1 and in the Assembly 96-1. More

House passage of ballast bill turns attention to Senate
Passage in late April by the House of Representatives of Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 2830) by a vote of 395 to 7 marked a much-heralded first step toward federal control of ballast water as a vector for aquatic invasive species. More

Lake Carriers weigh in on growing surplus in Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund
A dredging backlog that has severely impacted maritime commerce and recreational boating in the Great Lakes could be easily eliminated if money collected by the federal government for harbor maintenance was actually used for that purpose, maritime interests told Congress recently. More

Sam Speck, former GLC chair, confirmed as U.S. member of the IJC
Former Great Lakes Commission chair Sam Speck has been appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as one of the three U.S. members of the International Joint Commission (IJC). More

GLOS holds annual meeting in Milwaukee
The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) held its annual meeting April 16-17 in Milwaukee, Wis., hosted by the Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Great Lakes WATER Institute. More than 50 participants learned about GLOS's modeling work in the Huron to Erie Corridor and plans for a Great Lakes Modeling and Assessment Center. More

Regional Data Exchange workshops held in Chicago, Buffalo
Two workshops in a series on sharing and application of Great Lakes data were held May 1 and May 15 in Chicago and Buffalo respectively. Objectives of the workshops were to convene members of federal, state, research and non-governmental communities who are engaged in generating, managing, distributing and using geospatial datasets for Great Lakes coastal zone issues. More

Papers sought for International Submerged Lands Management Conference
A call for abstracts has been issued for the 27th annual International Submerged Lands Conference to be held October 26-28, 2008 at the Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan. More

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