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May 2015
Twenty five causes of excess soluble phosphorus in Lake Erie
Soluble phosphorus has been identified as one of the major contributors to the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Unfortunately, there is not one simple solution.

Growing milkweeds for monarch butterflies
The monarch butterfly, well known for its spectacular migrations in the Great Lakes region, is in decline. Anyone with a bit of garden space to spare can help the monarch population recover. Planting milkweeds will provide food plants for monarch caterpillars and nectar sources for adult butterflies.

Webinar: Impacts of coastal and ocean tourism
Coastal resort and cruise tourism are the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry, and uncontrolled, large scale tourism development is causing an array of environmental damage to beaches and coastal waters. A free webinar on June 11 examines some of these problems, as well as efforts by industry innovators to minimize environmental impacts.

The Great Lakes usual suspects
Scientists estimate the Great Lakes have been invaded by over 180 species. Aquatic invasive species cost the region hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Here's a look at the top five "usual suspects" doing the most damage in the Great Lakes basin and beyond.

New paddling guide available for Detroit River
A new user guide makes it easier than ever for outdoor enthusiasts to plan paddling trips along the Detroit Heritage River Water Trail. The 2015 Detroit River Paddling Guide offers detailed descriptions of each launch site, updated information on existing locations, safety suggestions, and resources for local paddling groups.

New York Sea Grant offers safe boating tips
The New York Sea Grant Discover Clean and Safe Boating educational vessel for 2015 may be a small boat, but it carries a big message. The 10-foot inflatable boat is traveling throughout New York to educate the public about gear for safe, environmentally-friendly, and legal boating on New York’s waters.

60 years of the GLFC
In 2015, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission celebrates two milestones: the 60th anniversary of the Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries, and the 50th anniversary of the commission's lake committees, which ensure collaboration across borders.

Mapping and visualizing lake level changes for the U.S. and Great Lakes
The Ohio State University's Climate Change Webinar Series is presenting a webinar focused on NOAA's Lake Level Viewer, a tool that provides a clear way to show potential impacts of lake level changes in the Great Lakes. This free webinar will be held Tues., May 19; registration is required.

National Safe Boating Week
National Safe Boating Week is May 16-22, 2015. During this week, The National Weather Service has partnered with the National Safe Boating Council to help promote safe boating practices. Remember to always wear your life jacket, and takes steps to be safe on the water this summer!

GLSLCI Annual Meeting
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative's 2015 Annual Conference will be held June 17-19, 2015, in Sarnia, Ont. Bridging Innovation and Change has been chosen as the overarching theme. Preliminary themes include nutrient management, drinking water protection, and adaptation and resiliency to climate change.

Be a Salmon Ambassador
Do you frequently fish Lake Michigan, northern Lake Huron, or tributary streams for Chinook salmon? If so, consider signing up to be a Salmon Ambassador. The Salmon Ambassadors program is a Michigan Sea Grant initiative developed in coordination with Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana DNRs, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Moving closer to the roving plover
Wisconsin Sea Grant is helping with efforts to develop habitat for piping plovers. A project is underway in Superior, Wis., to make a local beach more appealing to piping plovers for nesting. Plovers are an endangered shorebird that haven’t nested in the area in almost 30 years.

Great Lakes Fishery Commission Annual Meeting
The 60th Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission will take place June 10-11 in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. The meeting includes an evening reception as well as a luncheon and ceremony to honor 2015 award recipients. The meeting is free to attend, but an online RSVP is requested.

Are you Current Smart?
An enjoyable day on the water can turn deadly when dangerous currents and high waves form. Dangerous currents and waves have claimed the lives of more than 140 people in the Great Lakes region. This summer, "Be Current Smart." Learn where the risks are and what you can do to enjoy a fun, safe day on the water.

Researchers construct model to cost-effectively restore fish habitats
A new study, prepared by University of Wisconsin Center for Limnology researchers, explains a model to get the most "bang for your buck" on barrier removal projects that restore fish habitat and migration.

Asian carp identification key
Ontario is working to keep aquatic invaders like Asian carps out of the Great Lakes. It is now illegal in Ontario to possess live bighead, silver, grass, or black carp as well as other invasive fish species. On the Asian Carp Canada website, learn how to identify Asian carps and how to report sightings to authorities.

The story of the Buffalo River
The restoration of New York's Buffalo River has beautified and transformed the region by improving the area’s water quality and wildlife habitat. A video by Great Lakes Great Impact presents the restoration story and highlights the impact of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative on the Buffalo River.

GLIN May Site of the Month
The GLIN May Site of the Month is Hungry Pests, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's signature outreach initiative to raise public awareness about the invasive pest threat. Its goals include: elevating the issue of invasive pests; educating the public about the threats that invasive pests pose; and increasing awareness about safe and effective solutions to combat these pests.

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