Starting next week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada will be hosting five webinars aimed at engaging people around the five Great Lakes. If you live in the Great Lakes basin and have an opinion about the threats to the Great Lakes and actions needed to protect them, please consider joining one of these webinars. Coalition staff will try to attend all webinars and live tweet the meetings on twitter @healthylakes.
In early September the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada will be hosting five webinars aimed at engaging people around the five Great Lakes. This public engagement is taking place thanks to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, which was originally signed in 1972 and revised most recently in 2012. The agreement is a commitment between the U.S. and Canada to restore and protect the Great Lakes and set priorities to do this. If you live in the Great Lakes basin and have an opinion about the threats to the Great Lakes and actions needed to protect them, please consider joining one of these webinars.
In case you missed the past week in Great Lakes conservation news:
The Wisconsin DNR has proposed expanding wildlife and natural areas in southeastern Wisconsin, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The proposal would add 3,000 acres to existing state lands.
Oswego County Today reports on a $6.5 million EPA grant to Clarkson University. The grant will fund monitoring for contaminants in the Great Lakes, including PCBs, pesticides, and mercury.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide $5 million to help farmers reduce the runoff of nutrients into Lake Erie, according to the Plain Dealer. The funding provides financial and technical assistance for farmers implementing nutrient management plans and other conservation practices.
MLive reports on a drill scheduled for September to test Enbridge’s ability to respond to an oil spill under the Mackinac Straits. Simulations will include shoreline cleanup, open water oil recovery, and wildlife rehabilitation.
Our annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference will be held this year in Chicago, Ill. from September 29 through October 1. Early bird rates for conference registration end today, August 14, so be sure to register today! We have updated the agenda on our conference website so you can now view the descriptions for all the breakout sessions.
We hope to see you in Chicago!
The Healing Our Waters- Great Lakes Coalition and Freshwater Future are pleased to offer a new round of funding specific to the Eastern Lake Michigan watershed. If your group is ready to lead Great Lakes restoration projects, but does not have all of the resources or capacity to go after these larger federal grants, this program would be a great fit for you!
Funding of up to $15,000 is available to help groups prepare for federal Great Lakes restoration grants. These smaller Coalition grants help groups create partnerships and do initial studies, baseline measurements, community outreach, or other projects that will make their federal funding application stronger and more competitive.
Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply today if you are interested in this grant. Please see the request for proposals for details.
For questions, please contact Chery Kallio with Freshwater Future at email@example.com.