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GLIN==> Great Lakes Commission News Briefs: April 20, 2007

Title: Great Lakes Commission News Briefs
A monthly summary of issues, activities and events
at the Great Lakes Commission
April 20, 2007

  • The 2007 Semiannual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission will be held May 14-15 at the Radisson City Centre hotel in Indianapolis, Ind. With the theme, "From Many Views, One Vision," the meeting will feature the development of policy solutions to address issues related to ballast water and invasive species, the status of legislation to implement the recommendations of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration and updates on state adoption of the Great Lakes Compact and Charter Annex Agreement, among other regional concerns. The Commission's new Strategic Plan will also be presented for approval. For more information or to register online, see www.glc.org/meeting. Contact: Tim Eder, teder@glc.org

  • Lake Michigan has been chosen as one of three pilot study sites for use in the development of the National Water Quality Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters and their Tributaries (commonly known as the National Monitoring Network, or NMN). The pilot study will be coordinated by the Great Lakes Commission, through the Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council. Other partners include the four Lake Michigan states, U.S. EPA and the Great Lakes Observing System, among others. The initiative will test and refine the NMN design, and may serve as a catalyst for enhanced monitoring coordination throughout the Great Lakes basin. For more information, see http://acwi.gov/monitoring/network or http://wi.water.usgs.gov/lmmcc. Contact: John Hummer, jhummer@glc.org

Update: "Five Lakes - One Voice" regional priorities
As Congress heads back to work following its spring recess, here is where matters stand in regard to the "Five Lakes - One Voice" near-term critical priorities for Great Lakes restoration set forth on Great Lakes Day in Washington, March 7, 2007.

  • Stopping Invasive Species: The House passed H.R. 1495, which would reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act, on April 19. The bill, which includes authorization for the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Dispersal barrier, now goes to the Senate. In addition, stand-alone legislation to complete and maintain the AIS barrier has been introduced in both chambers (H.R. 553 and S. 336). Also, legislation to reauthorize the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act has been introduced in the Senate (S.725).

  • Protect Water Quality: The House passed H.R. 720, the Water Quality Financing Act, on March 9. The bill, which would reauthorize the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, was subsequently referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

  • Great Lakes Restoration Legislation: The Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act has been introduced in the House (H.R. 1350) and Senate (S. 791). It is currently before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

  • Appropriations: Budget resolutions for FY2008 will go to conference in the House and Senate the week of April 23; subcommittees are expected to begin the appropriations process in the House in early May and in the Senate in June. See www.glc.org/restore for specific requests.

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TEACH Great Lakes
The Education And Curriculum Homesite (http://teach.glin.net) is a "virtual library" of curricula and related educational materials on the Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN). Geared for elementary through high school students, it features mini-lessons on such Great Lakes topics as the environment, history and culture, geography, pollution, and careers and business. An educators' information exchange corner provides curricular materials and free sample lesson plans on topics such as water pollution, invasive species, biodiversity, and much more. TEACH is maintained by the Great Lakes Commission and funded through grants from the U.S. EPA, Great Lakes Fishery Trust and Project AWARE Foundation. Contact: Christine Manninen, manninen@glc.org

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