GLLC Web Meetings

Quarterly web meetings provide an opportunity to learn about developments related to issues on the GLLC’s policy agenda. Each quarterly web meeting features a presentation on a key issue followed by a brief business session. These one-hour web meetings typically are scheduled on the first Fridays of March, June, September, and December at 9 am Central/10 am Eastern.

In addition to the series of quarterly web meetings, the GLLC hosts occasional web meetings on emerging issues or developments related to issues on the Caucus’s policy agenda.

All GLLC web meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

Our Latest Web Meeting

Prospects for Great Lakes Restoration and Protection in the Time of COVID-19

June 5, 2020

9 am Central/10 am Eastern

What is the likelihood of making progress on the GLLC’s priorities for drinking water, nutrient management, and preventing the spread of Asian carp into Lake Michigan? Can investing in the Great Lakes help to stimulate the economy and create much-needed jobs? The June 5 web meeting explored the answers to these questions and others.

View the recorded web meeting

View the slides

Follow up from Matthew McKenna, Northeast-Midwest Institute:

Section-by-section analysis of the “Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020”

Highlights:

  • The total cost of the draft Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 is an estimated $2.5 billion in federal authorizations.
  • This draft bill reauthorizes the Safe Drinking Water Act emergency fund to provide resources and technical assistance to communities facing drinking water emergencies that present substantial a danger to health.
  • The draft bill increase funding for the EPA’s Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged Communities Grant Program.
  • It also codifies appropriations language that requires a state to use 20 percent of the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds they receive to provide grants, no interest loans, forgiveness of loan principal or to buy, refinance or restructure debt.
  • The draft bill also makes it simpler for schools and childcare programs to test for lead in their drinking water by empowering the local water utility to do testing.
  • This draft bill authorizes $300 million in grants to assist in the remediation of emerging contaminants, with a focus on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
  • The draft bill provides robust funding for grant programs to help water utilities invest in and deploy new and emerging, but proven, technology essential to improve water and energy efficiency, reduce emissions, and expanding ratepayer affordability. It also authorizes $15 million annually for the EPA’s Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Grant Programs. 

Archived Web Meetings

2020

Data-Driven Decision Making: How Blue Accounting Can Help Drive Progress in the Great Lakes
(April 17)

Efforts to Reduce Nutrient Pollution in the Great Lakes Region (March 6)

Task Force on Lead Web Meeting
(February 3)

2019

Key Great Lakes Policy Developments to Follow in 2020 (December 13)

High Water Levels in the Great Lakes and Their Impact on Coastal Communities (September 6)

Federal, State, and Provincial Legislative Review (June 7)

Effective Measures to Reduce Exposure to Lead in Drinking Water (March 1)

2018

Documenting Results through Blue Accounting (December 14)

Great Lakes Legislative Review of State, Provincial and Federal Legislation (June 1)

PFAS Contamination as an Emerging Threat to Drinking Water (March 2)

2017

Harmful Algal Blooms in the Great Lakes and What’s Being Done to Prevent Them (December 1)

Great Lakes Legislative Review (March 20)

2016

Great Lakes Issues to Watch in 2017 (December 12)

Great Lakes Legislation to Watch (April 28)

The Soo Locks: A Key Part of Great Lakes Infrastructure, Economic Growth (January 11)

2015

The Great Lakes Compact Put to the Test: Waukesha’s Diversion Request, Part 2 (August 20)

The Great Lakes Compact Put to the Test: Waukesha’s Diversion Request, Part 1 (August 18)

Harbor Maintenance and Funding in the Great Lakes Region (May 8)

Great Lakes Legislative Review: Bills to Watch in the U.S. Congress and the State and Provincial Capitols (March 27)

Nutrient Runoff and the Great Lakes: A Basinwide Problem (February 18)