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Each day as new information is added to the GLIN indices, it is archived here. Current Great Lakes issues, upcoming events, and new Great Lakes-related publications or web sites of interest, are just a sampling of what you'll find in this section. The items are archived monthly.

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October 2014
2014 Michigan Invasive Species Grants Program
(10/23)
The Michigan Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development have announced the 2014 Michigan Invasive Species Grants Program (MISGP). Two webinars to review the application focus areas and requirements, and provide the opportunity for applicants to ask questions, will be held.

Webinar: Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative
(10/22)
The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative webinar series focuses on invasive Phragmites in the Great Lakes region, and encourages dialogue and technology transfer. Register now for the next free webinar, Effects of Elevated CO2 and Nitrogen Pollution on Phragmites austrailis, which will take place Nov. 12.

NOAA Fisheries announces funding for Great Lakes habitat restoration
(10/21)
NOAA Fisheries is making available roughly $16.7 million, through President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, for habitat restoration projects in severely degraded areas of the Great Lakes. Funded projects are spread throughout Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and New York.

Comment now: Draft report on transport of crude oil in Great Lakes region
(10/17)
The Great Lakes Commission was mandated to produce an overview of crude oil transportation in the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River region. The draft report was released Sept. 30 for public comment, and is available online. The deadline for submitting comments is Dec. 1.

Are you climate ready?
(10/16)
Pop quiz - what's your climate knowledge? Visit the U.S. EPA's website to take a fun climate quiz! Test your level of understanding regarding climate change, factors that contribute to climate change, and things that individuals can do to make a difference.

River Talk Series
(10/14)
Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve are starting the second year of science café-type evening talks about the St. Louis River estuary. These informal "River Talks" will be held on the third Thursday of the month through January in Superior, Wis., and Duluth, Minn.

7th Annual Freshwater Summit
(10/13)
Registration is open for the Freshwater Summit, an annual conference of environmental professionals and concerned citizens focusing on current issues facing the Great Lakes region. This year’s Freshwater Summit will be held Oct. 31 in Traverse City, Mich.

Binational Great Lakes Climate Quarterly
(10/10)
For a binational overview of the latest season’s Great Lakes weather and water level conditions, impacts and an outlook for the upcoming quarter, take a look at the "Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook: Great Lakes Region" report available at the U.S. Drought Portal.

Next steps for perch in Lake Michigan
(10/9)
To help identify potential options for yellow perch management in Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress will convene a public meeting on October 23 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences.

Keep the Sea Free of Debris Art Contest
(10/8)
The NOAA Marine Debris Program's annual "Keep the Sea Free of Debris" Art Contest for grades K-8 is now open. Students can submit artwork from Oct. 15 through Nov. 17. This year, the program is looking for submissions that illustrate how marine debris impacts the oceans and the Great Lakes, and what people are doing to help prevent marine debris.

National Seafood Month
(10/7)
October is National Seafood Month, a time to highlight smart seafood choices, sustainable fisheries, and the health benefits of eating a diet rich in seafood. Learn more about seafood choices and sustainability at NOAA's FishWatch website.

Sea Grant alerts pet owners of potentially lethal toxins in NY waters
(10/6)
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are overgrowths of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that cause water quality problems in lakes and ponds, including the occasional production of potent toxins. Because HABs are increasing in many areas, the number of dog poisonings from cyanobacterial toxins is also on the rise.

Fall color in the Great Lakes
(10/3)
A few days after autumn showed up on the calendar, it showed up on the landscape of North America. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured great views of fall colors around the Great Lakes on Sept. 26.

Dramatic increases in crude oil production and transportation via rail
(10/2)
The Great Lakes Commission is inviting comments on a draft report that evaluates the potential benefits and risks surrounding the transport of crude oil in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region. The draft report is available online, and comments will be accepted through Dec. 1.

GLIN October Site of the Month
(10/1)
The GLIN October Site of the Month is the newly redesigned Council of Great Lakes Governors website. The Council of Great Lakes Governors is a non-partisan partnership of governors from the eight Great Lakes States. For more than 30 years, the Council’s mission has been to encourage and facilitate environmentally responsible economic growth. Check out their new site today!

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