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May 2013
Minnesota Sea Grant Sieche
The May edition of Sieche, Minnesota Sea Grant's newsletter, is now available online. This issue features articles on deepwater fishing, genetic biocontrol of invasive fish, fish parasites and more.

National Trails Day
June 1st is National Trails Day, and state agencies and trail groups throughout Michigan are offering a variety of trail-related events for all ages and skill levels. Check out the American Hiking Society for other National Trails Day events around the Great Lakes.

Milwaukee's Climate Change Initiative
Responding to severe storms that impacted the Milwaukee region in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) approved a 2035 Vision that has helped them to make significant achievements in the area of climate preparedness and water sustainability. A webinar on the topic will take place on June 13, 2013.

New field guide helps anglers recognize invasive species
The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and Wildlife Forever have produced a handy invasive species field guide called Invaders of the Great Lakes. The 171-page guide details how each specific invader impacts fishing quality, and presents specific steps that can be taken to prevent the future spread of invasive species.

2013 Tall Ships Challenge
Commemorating the military events of the War of 1812 across the Great Lakes for both the U.S. and Canada, the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2013 series will be an event of numbers - two countries, five Great Lakes, over 25 participating tall ships, 22 port appearances, five races, and millions of visitors.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) update
In February 2010, the Interagency Task Force released a GLRI Action Plan covering fiscal years 2010-2014. The task force is seeking comments on how the FY10-14 Action Plan may be refined for FY15-19 to increase the effectiveness of these investments.

Great Lakes Boaters' Forecast Tool
The Great Lakes Observing System's Boaters’ Forecast tool provides information on water currents and depth to help boaters plan a safe and enjoyable boating day. The easy-to-use, web-based format was customized to address information needs specific to Great Lakes boaters, including information on marina and boat launch locations.

The latest edition of Upwellings, Michigan Sea Grant's online newsletter, is now available online. This issue explores the world of scientific modeling, examines salmon in the Great Lakes, highlights the Adopt-a-Beach program, and more.

Workshop: Sharing Agricultural Science, Technology & Data
A workshop titled "Sharing Agricultural Science, Technology and Data to Improve Great Lakes Water Quality" will be held June 13-14 in London, Ont. The workshop is aimed at Canadian and American water, soil and agricultural scientists and engineers who want practical solutions to common challenges. Registration is required and limited.

GLFC Annual Meeting
The 58th Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission will take place May 29-30, 2013, in Montreal, Quebec. Keynote speakers include Grand Rapids, Mich., Mayor George Hartwell, and Michael Cahall of the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program. There is no charge to attend, but you must RSVP.

IJC releases 16th Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality
This week, the International Joint Commission (IJC) released a report on how the health of the Great Lakes has changed over the past 25 years. While sustained governmental and public efforts have measurably improved Great Lakes water quality, rapid reduction in ice cover and the resurgence of some pollutants like excess nutrients are among the indicators currently raising concerns.

Great Lakes Now Connect: Beaches
On May 14, Detroit Public Television and The Nature Conservancy teamed up to broadcast a new Great Lakes Now Town Hall event. The discussion, focused on Great Lakes beaches, is available to view online.

IAGLR 2013
The 56th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research will be held on the campus of Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind., June 2-6. This year, the theme is "Great Lakes Restoration and Resiliency." Online registration for the conference ends this Friday, May 17, so be sure to register now!

21st annual St. Louis River Quest sets sail
Boatloads of sixth-graders carrying River Quest “passports” to document their adventures will explore the Duluth-Superior Harbor May 13-16. They'll board the Vista Star excursion boat to learn all about the St. Louis River estuary. The 21st annual St. Louis River Quest will draw nearly 1,400 students to the waterfront this year.

Pictures: Extreme algae blooms
A boat motors through a 2011 algae bloom on Lake Erie near Toledo, Ohio, in an image taken for an article on fertilizing the world in the May 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine. Check it out, along with other images of massive algae blooms in Lake Erie and across the world.

Positive attitudes toward an improving Lake Huron fishery
Three Lake Huron Regional Fisheries workshops hosted throughout April in Ubly, Oscoda, and Cedarville, Mich. offered good news up and down the coastline regarding the health of the Lake Huron fishery.

Getting a jump on aquatic invasive species
A collaboration of University of Notre Dame researchers, invasive species experts, and outreach specialists from the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant are producing a single set of tools to evaluate invasive species, using factors such as the ability to survive in Great Lakes conditions, and how difficult the species is to control.

GLIN May Site of the Month
Did you check out GLIN's May Site of the Month yet? The honor goes to the Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide, which provides data, tools, methods and solutions for improving land use, infrastructure and natural resource planning and policies throughout the coastal watershed.

Low Great Lakes water levels webinar
The University of Michigan is hosting an special seminar about the causes, consequences, and economic implications of low Great Lakes water levels on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at U-M's Palmer Commons in Ann Arbor, Mich. Registration is required for both the in-person event and the online webcast.

GLIN May Site of the Month
The GLIN May Site of the Month is the Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide, which provides data, tools, methods and solutions for improving land use, infrastructure and natural resource planning and policies throughout the coastal watershed.

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