Here’s a digest of what’s going on in the effort to protect the Great Lakes and other environmental issues of interest.
1. Discussions on federal 2012 budget are moving forward. Stay tuned for updates next week on funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. In the meantime, check out this Detroit Free Press editorial in support of restoration funding.
2. Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Releases Stormwater Management Report. The cities initiative recently released its stormwater management report, entitled Cities Charting the Way Forward. The report examines the state of stormwater management throughout the Great Lakes region and explores actions to address the challenges faced by municipalities, both now and under future climate change and land use change scenarios. Additionally, the report identifies areas where improvements have been shown to both improve stormwater management and save overall costs.
3. The 2011 call for Great Laker Award nominations is now open! Awards honor those who have demonstrated their passion for restoring and protecting the Great lakes, in the following categories: Citizens, Public Officials, Media, Business, and Lifetime Achievement. Nominations are due by Wednesday, July 27, 2011. To nominate someone for a Great Laker Award, click here, or contact Jennifer Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Coastal restoration changes the landscape of formerly contaminated site in Superior, Wis. The City of Superior, Wis., is celebrating three years of restoration work stemming from a $630,000 NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration program grant. The Hog Island/newton creek Habitat Restoration Project is working to restore 64 degraded acres to promote healthy habitats and recreational opportunities. The project, which is in the St. Louis River Area of Concern, was led by the Great Lakes Commission and the Douglas County Land Conservation Department in partnership with many other groups, and is considered a prime example of restoration success in the Great Lakes.
5. Action Alert: Call for Strong Mercury Law. The National Wildlife Federation is calling on EPA to finalize strong mercury and air toxics standards. The proposed rules would significantly reduce mercury pollution both nationally and in the Great Lakes by cutting mercury pollution from coal fired power plants. Take action here.
6. Video: Our values, our environment, our future. A new video, produced by a Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes coalition member, presents reasons for supporting robust funding for restoration and protection. Watch the video here.