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January 18th 2017

Great Lakes Area of Concern Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2017 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference. This year the conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Mich. March 29-30. For more information including how to register and the agenda, please visit the Area of Concern Conference website here.

The conference is hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. This year, a poster session has been added on the first day of the conference.  Applications for posters showcasing AOC-related work are being sought currently. Complete details can be found here.



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January 12th 2017

Great Lakes Update: Transition from Obama Administration to Trump Administration Begins

With a new Congress in session and the presidential transition only a few days away, Washington, D.C., has seen a flurry of activity over the past several weeks, with significant implications for the future of the Great Lakes and national environmental policy.


Trump Nominates Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

President-elect Donald Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt’s skepticism of manmade climate change and other positions have left many to question how he will lead the federal agency charged with implementing and enforcing the nation’s environmental laws. Despite this, Bloomberg BNA reports that Republican leadership in the Senate expect Mr. Pruitt to be confirmed as EPA Administrator.

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January 6th 2017

Weekly News Roundup: Habitat Restoration, Flint, and More

It’s a new year! Here’s some of the Great Lakes restoration news you may have missed this past week:


About $1.8 million in federal Farm Bill funding have been awarded to help protect the Huron River watershed, reports MLive.


The Buffalo News reports that the Western New York Land Conservancy is embarking on a project to restore the Niagara Gorge.


Ducks Unlimited has concluded a wetlands restoration project at Shiawassee Refuge, reports the Midland Daily News.


The Minnesota DNR fears that Lake Superior’s herring population may be in trouble following a decrease in commercial harvest, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.


The Associated Press reports that Flint residents and businesses will remain eligible for state-funded credits on their water bills through March, following legislation to extend the reimbursements. Meanwhile, MLive reports that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will meet with water quality experts to discuss Flint’s water system in two weeks.

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January 5th 2017

Great Lakes Washington Update

The 115th Congress convened on Tuesday with both the House and Senate swearing in new members.  The House also re-elected Paul Ryan to be Speaker of the House, among other administrative duties.  The schedules in both chambers this week looks light, but next week things speed up as the Senate takes up a budget bill that allows the Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or at least parts of the ACA.  This kicks off what looks like a pretty aggressive legislative lineup that includes changes to environmental and other regulations, budget cuts to some agencies (EPA?) and increases to others (Defense?), tax cuts, and more.

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December 16th 2016

Coalition: Trump Administration Has Opportunity to Stand up for Great Lakes, Communities

President-elect, Donald Trump, 2016. Photo credit: By Michael Vadon – wikimedia commons.

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (December 16, 2016) – The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition today urged the incoming Trump Administration to follow through on its commitment to support federal restoration efforts of the Great Lakes, which supply drinking water to more than 30 million people in the eight-state region of Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Indiana.


The Coalition delivered a plan for 2017 Great Lakes restoration to the Trump Administration that builds on the solid foundation that has been laid over the last 10 years by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress. Read the plan here.


“The Trump Administration has a great opportunity to build on the bipartisan work of the last decade on behalf of the more than 30 million people who depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “Federal Great Lakes restoration investments are producing results, but we have more work to do.

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  • 2017 Great Lakes Restoration Conference

    13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference! The location and dates for the 13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference has been announced. We will be in Buffalo, N.Y. October 17-19, 2017. As more information becomes available in the spring, please check back with our Great Lakes Restoration Conference website.  

  • 2017 Great Lakes Lobby Day

    Looking for information about the 2017 Great Lakes Day? Our annual lobby day will be held in Washington, D.C. March 15-16. Visit the Great Lakes Day website here for more information.

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