GLC Annual Meeting recap: Action on water levels, dredging backlog, Waukesha diversion, oil transportation
A recap of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission, including all final resolutions and presentations, is available at www.glc.org/about/glcmeetings. The event, held Sept. 9 in Milwaukee, featured spirited dialogue on water levels, the growing dredging backlog on the Great Lakes, which is impeding commercial and recreational navigation, and a pending Waukesha, Wis., proposal to request 10.1 million gallons per day of water withdrawal from Lake Michigan.
The GLC passed resolutions concerning:
- Priorities for the Great Lakes navigation system in the federal Water Resources Development Act to ensure new WRDA legislation includes provisions that restore, maintain and strengthen the economic vitality of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Navigation System for commercial and recreational transportation
- Support for Great Lakes offshore wind demonstration (pilot) projects, recognizing that small-scale demonstration (pilot) projects are the most direct means of assessing potential environmental impacts, and evaluating economic viability and opportunities for job creation involving offshore wind projects
- Preventing pollution from persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals in the Great Lakes ecosystem, which urges the U.S. Congress to adopt comprehensive national legislation aimed at minimizing human and ecosystem exposure to PBTs through reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act
- Recognizing rivermouths: Places vital to the Great Lakes basin that deserve focused restoration and conservation, which urges the U.S. Congress and U.S and Canadian federal agencies to explicitly recognize the ecological importance of rivermouths
The GLC states and provinces also passed an action item directing staff to prepare an issue brief evaluating the potential economic benefits, risks and options for mitigating risks surrounding the transportation of crude oil in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region.
Current Chair Kenneth G. Johnson, water division administrator at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Vice Chair Kelly Burch, director of the Northwest Regional Office of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, were re-elected.
The GLC meeting kicked off Great Lakes Week 2013, which continued through Sept. 12.
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Job announcement: Invasive species program specialist
Application Deadline: October 17, 2013
The Great Lakes Commission has an immediate opening for a self-starting, highly motivated team player to work on Great Lakes aquatic invasive species (AIS) and habitat restoration projects. This is a junior-level position reporting to project managers and program directors. The individual will provide staff support on issues such as the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative and other habitat and invasive species-related projects. The incumbent must be an excellent communicator with a background in natural resources or a related field. Tasks will include assisting with development of policy and research reports on habitat and AIS issues, communications and outreach to a diverse audience through social media, presentations and written documents; meeting planning, coordination and facilitation in support of collaborative partnerships; and other related work.
For additional details, including application requirements, see the complete job announcement at www.glc.org/announce/13/09position.html.
Michèle Leduc-Lapierre joined the GLC staff on Sept. 23 for a six-month internship. Michèle comes to the GLC from the University of Quebec at Rimouski where she’s pursuing a master’s degree in biology (specializing in fauna and flora management). At the GLC, she’ll primarily be assisting with the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative, the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative, GLIN Daily News, and various other program development and policy/advocacy efforts. Michèle can be reached at email@example.com.