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October 15, 2018

Economic impact study of GLRI released September 25

A study coordinated by CGLI with the Great Lakes Commission shows that every federal dollar spent on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) projects from the program’s launch in 2010 through 2016 will produce an additional $3.35 of additional economic activity in the Great Lakes region through 2036. The study – which estimates only some of the GLRI benefits – shows that in certain communities, the longer-term impact will be even greater: every dollar spent in Buffalo and Detroit, for example, will produce more than $4 of additional economic activity. 

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October 10, 2018

Forging Business Sector Collaboration for the Long-term Prosperity of the Great Lakes Region

The first workshop for an initiative designed to convene Great Lakes industry to develop a strategy for enhancing the long-term prosperity of the Great Lakes region has been scheduled for November 13-14, 2018 at the Wingspread Executive Retreat and Conference Center near Racine, WI. The purpose of the first workshop is to explore available and emerging sustainability frameworks that can be applied regionally; identify priority issues of common concern to Great Lakes companies, establish a working structure for the strategic framework, and generate actionable ideas for regional coordination and partnerships.

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March 8, 2018

Phase II of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Economic Impact Study Underway

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation approved a grant to support the second phase of the GLRI Economic Impact Study. The study, which began in June 2017, aims to quantify the economic impacts of U.S. federal investments under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) from 2010 through 2016. The first phase concluded in October 2017, and provided a preliminary, “rough cut” estimate of the economic impact of the GLRI using immediately available data and research tools. The second phase will expand on the Phase I results and yield a more comprehensive estimate of the economic impact of GLRI investments.

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Foxconn Development: City of Racine, WI Water Diversion Application

Foxconn Technology Group, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, has announced plans to build a $10 billion manufacturing complex in Mt. Pleasant, WI that reportedly will bring up to 13,000 jobs to southeastern Wisconsin. The facility will be constructed in an “electronics and information technology manufacturing zone” that the Wisconsin legislature created in September 2017. The complex will be constructed in a portion of Mt. Pleasant that is partly inside the Great Lakes basin and partly in the Mississippi River basin.

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January 15, 2018

Regional Body and Compact Council will review and revise water withdrawal and diversion procedures

The Regional Body and Compact Council of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Compact and Agreement will review and update the procedures they use to review applications for diversions of water from the Great Lakes. This is the first time the procedures have been formally revisited since the Compact and Agreement were adopted in 2008. By contrast to the interim procedures that the RB/CC established previously, the procedural review that the RB/CC now intends will be conducted under the rulemaking authorities in the Compact and Agreement.

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October 24, 2017

CIGLR offers opportunity for research partnerships

A new research institute in the Great Lakes region (the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, or CIGLR) is interested in partnering with industry and other partners and affiliates to develop a research agenda for the Great Lakes. CIGLR’s research priorities include a wide range of Great Lakes issues, including issues that impact the human dimension of the Great Lakes system.

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USACE study evaluates options for Asian carp controls at Brandon Road Lock and Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released a study that evaluates six alternatives for controlling the one-way, upstream transfer of ANS from the Mississippi River basin into the Great Lakes basin at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, IL. USACE asserts that the tentatively selected plan reduces the risk that Asian carp from the Mississippi River basin will establish populations in the Great Lakes basin to the maximum extent possible while minimizing impacts to waterway uses and users.

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Great Lakes Commission adopts a resolution that addresses “chemicals of emerging concern”

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has adopted a resolution that urges action related to chemicals of emerging concern (CECs). The resolution defines CECs as “a wide variety of compounds that are present in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence river basin that are not widely or consistently regulated,” and highlights polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), pharmaceuticals, 1,4-Dioxane, and microplastics as examples.

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September 1, 2017

U.S. federal agencies release draft Domestic Action Plan for Lake Erie

The federal agencies responsible for meeting U.S. commitments under Annex 4 (Nutrients) of the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement released a draft plan on August 17 that describes the activities that federal and state agencies will undertake to address harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in Lake Erie. The plan summarizes the federal and state activities that have been established to manage nutrient discharges to the Lake and achieve the phosphorus reduction targets that the U.S. and Canada established for Lake Erie in February 2016. The plan will be open for public comment until September 29.

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August 31, 2017

City of Waukesha water diversion appeal resolved

On August 2, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) announced that it had decided not to pursue its appeal of the Great Lakes Governors’ decision to grant the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin a diversion of water from Lake Michigan for use as a public water supply. The Great Lakes Governors had unanimously approved the City’s request in June 2016, finding that the application satisfied the criteria in the Compact and Agreement for an exception to the ban on diversions of water outside the Great Lakes basin. In August 2016, GLSLCI requested the Governors to reconsider their decision to grant the City’s request, but the Governors voted unanimously to affirm the decision.

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