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July 10, 2017

Live silver carp pulled from a branch of the Chicago Area Waterway System

On June 23, a commercial fisherman pulled a live Asian carp out of the Calumet River, about nine miles from Lake Michigan. According to the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee, the 8-pound, 28-inch long adult silver carp was the second live Asian carp that has been found beyond the electric barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in the past 10 years. The first incident was the discovery of a bighead carp in Lake Calumet in 2010.

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ECCC decision on proposed deep geological repository expected this summer

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has proposed to construct and operate a deep geological repository (DGR) near the Bruce Energy facility in Kincardine, Ontario to store low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste generated by three nuclear power generating facilities in Ontario. OPG’s plan is not without controversy. The Canadian government was expected to approve or deny the plan in September 2015, but deferred the decision until March 2016. In February 2016, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna requested OPG to provide more information and additional environmental assessments by the end of 2016. On December 12, 2016, the Canadian cabinet issued an order that allows the Environment Minister an additional 243 days to decide on the project, which means that a decision is expected this summer.

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Record high water levels in the Great Lakes create controversy for IJC’s Plan 2014

In December 2016, the U.S. and Canada approved the International Joint Commission’s new plan for regulating water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The plan, which is known as “Plan 2014,” changes the regulation of outflows from the Moses-Saunders hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River and has proven controversial. Flooding and high water levels caused significant damage along the shores of lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Businesses, property owners affected by the high water, and New York Governor Cuomo blame Plan 2014 for the damage and have threatened to take action against the IJC.

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Great Lakes Executive Committee meeting highlights progress under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

On June 26 and 27, the Great Lakes Executive Committee (GLEC) met in Chicago to discuss progress being made to implement the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The current GLEC co-chairs (Michael Goffin of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Tinka Hyde of US EPA) solicited input on several issues, such as whether the US and Canada should partially delist an AOC when one country has completed a cleanup but the other has not and how the lake ecosystem objectives that the GLWQA requires fit into the GLWQA implementation scheme.

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Mayor John Dickert of the City of Racine, Wisconsin is the new President/CAO of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Mayors that are members of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSCI) met in Montreal June 14-16 to attend the organization’s 2017 annual meeting and conference. The mayors enacted seven resolutions at the mayors-only business meeting on June 14. Three of the resolutions enacted by the mayors addressed issues that are particularly pertinent to CGLI’s issue agenda. In addition, the mayors announced that GLSLCI’s current Executive Director, David Ullrich, will leave the organization after 14 years to intensify his involvement in board activities and to pursue other interests. Mayor John Dickert of Racine, Wisconsin has been selected as GLSLCI’s President and Chief Administrative Officer beginning July 1.

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Crude oil transportation in the Great Lakes region continues to attract attention from regional organizations and policy makers

Approximately 80 people participated in a symposium in Cleveland on June 8 and 9 that was designed to increase understanding of the complexity of crude oil movement in and through the Great Lakes region. The meeting featured presentations from regional emergency response organizations, Enbridge Energy Partners, the insurance industry, and government agencies. Some of the sessions focused on lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the pipeline spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the rail incident in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

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May 16, 2017

U.S. federal budget bill preserves funding for GLRI in FY2017

On May 1, the U.S. Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, an omnibus bill that funds the federal government through FY2017. The bill, which President Trump signed into law on May 5, funds GLRI at $300 million for FY2017 (the same funding as in the FY2016 budget). Congress’ decision to fully fund GLRI for FY2017 suggests that Congress may disagree with the President’s budget priorities pertaining to Great Lakes restoration.

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May 3, 2017

Great Lakes Economic Forum 2017 features US Ambassador to Canada

On April 25 and 26, 2017, the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) convened the third annual Great Lakes Economic Forum in Detroit. The forum was attended by representatives of federal, state, and provincial governments, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, businesses, and trade associations from the US and Canada. The purpose of the Forum was to discuss the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence economy and to share ideas and insights on how to enhance cross-border collaboration. Previous conferences were convened in Chicago (2015) and Toronto (2016).

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April 17, 2017

New CGLI initiative will explore regional sustainability

CGLI will launch a new initiative this year that will enable industry to develop a regional sustainability strategy for the Great Lakes region. The strategy may consist of a framework, set of principles, suite of metrics, general guidelines, or some other mechanism that embodies principles of sustainability specific to the Great Lakes region.

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US and Canada announce schedule for implementing strategies for all “round 1” chemicals of mutual concern

U.S. EPA and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) are developing and preparing to implement binational management strategies for substances identified as “round 1” chemicals of mutual concern (CMCs). The agencies’ timeline currently contemplates that the strategies will be finalized and implemented by the end of 2017.

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