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U.S. House Bill Requests Full Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Posted on July 11, 2017
Today, U.S. congressional representatives on the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee have requested the full $300 million in funding for the Great Lake Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman David Joyce (OH-14), both members of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the subcommittee has included their request for full funding of GLRI in its 2018 spending bill.  This action is an important step to ensuring any final bill this year continues funding to the GLRI. “As soon as President Trump’s draconian budget was released, I knew we would need a bipartisan [...]

Great Lakes Region Organizations Form Bi-National Partnership

Posted on July 11, 2017
The Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) and the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) have announced a collaboration agreement between the two organizations. Signed by NEMWI and CGLR on July 7th, the agreement launches an ambitious effort to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Canada by undertaking joint policy research on a variety of economic, social, and environmental policy issues facing the Great Lakes region, as well as outreach to federal, state-provincial, and local legislators and policy-makers in both countries. The overarching goals of the new partnership include: Conducting high [...]

NASA Maps Saskatchewan's Wetlands, North Sask. River

Posted on July 10, 2017
Saskatchewan’s wetlands and North Saskatchewan River have been chosen as a testing ground for new NASA technologies designed to map water in northern environments and around the world. On July 7th, NASA began flying an experimental radar called AirSWOT to map water levels over Saskatchewan sites. AirSWOT is a prototype sensor for NASA’s forthcoming Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission, which is scheduled for launch in 2021 and will provide a comprehensive mapping of freshwater resources on Earth. The flights will play a key role in NASA’s Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), which is flying [...]

Vancouver Firm Takes Metering Technology to South Africa

Posted on July 4, 2017
Vancouver’s QMC has signed a service contract to provide meter reading, data collection, and reporting services to Apex Innovation for its submetering business in South Africa. “QMC is pleased to be forming a partnership with Apex to provide a state-of-the art solution bringing IoT to the submetering market in South Africa. We look forward to expanding our business with Apex to include remote data collection of water, electric, thermal, and gas meter systems,” said James Easton, president & CEO of QMC. South Africa’s Apex Innovation provides client services for management and consumption of water and energy. Apex [...]

Binational Reports on Great Lakes Health, Climate

Posted on June 27, 2017
Last week, the Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two reports detailing the health of the Great Lakes. The first was the State of the Great Lakes 2017 Highlights Report, providing an overview of conditions in the Great Lakes. The overall assessment is that the state of the lakes is fair and unchanging since the last assessment in 2011. Key areas of concern remain with respect to nutrient management and invasive species, while the status of fish consumption and the amount of toxic chemicals have had marked improvement. However, there is some concern for fish [...]

Global Mayors Conference Declare Climate Action

Posted on June 23, 2017
Closing the XII Metropolis World Congress and the 2017 General Assembly of the Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF), the mayors of the world's largest cities have proclaimed, from one voice, the Montréal Declaration. This historical document sets out the commitment of cities to come together in taking on local and global challenges, particularly in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate. The Declaration demonstrates the leadership and the involvement of cities to tackle the major issues of our world. "We, the mayors and city representatives from the four corners of the planet, are more than ever determined [...]

Québec, Vermont, New York Continue Work on Lake Champlain

Posted on June 20, 2017
Yesterday, the Province of Québec, the State of Vermont, and the State of New York announced that they will continue to work together to restore and protect the waters and natural resources of Lake Champlain. Meeting in Crown Point, N.Y., the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, David Heurtel, on behalf of the Premier of Québec, together with the Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and representatives from the states of New York and Vermont, came together for the signing ceremony of the fourth edition of the Lake Champlain Action [...]

Great Lakes Mayors Call for Leadership from Canada

Posted on June 15, 2017
At their annual meeting and conference, hosted by outgoing chair Mayor Denis Coderre, in Montreal, member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative called for Canadian leadership in protecting the lakes. “This has been a very busy year. The Trump administration backed out of cutting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for the remainder of 2017, but we must continue the battle for 2018 and beyond. 48 million people depend on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence for their drinking water. We are concerned for the future, because such a decision would affect us all, from the port of Montreal to the waterfront restaurant [...]

Oil Infrastructure in the Great Lakes Region

Posted on June 7, 2017
Three research papers were recently released that focus on oil transportation in the Great Lakes region. Commissioned by the Great Lakes Commission (GLC), the papers address key aspects of oil transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region, including the current state of crude oil infrastructure, the economic impact of crude oil transportation, and environmental sensitivity of Great Lakes waters to oil exposure. The papers were commissioned by the GLC through a grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation. The research, Environmental Sensitivity to Oil Exposure in the Great Lakes Waters: A Multimodal Approach, investigated [...]

Great Lakes Mayors Denounce President Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

Posted on June 2, 2017
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) has issued a statement to strongly denounce the decision of President Trump to back out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The statement reads: "The decision is short sighted, ill advised, and not in the best interests of the people of the United States, Canada, or the world. With climate change posing one of the greatest threats to the planet and its water, it is unacceptable for the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions not to participate in this global effort." Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, who is the current Chair of the Cities Initiative [...]
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