The work of the GLLC is focused on issues related to water quality in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region. These issues are articulated in the Caucus’s Policy Agenda. Click on the sections below to learn about the issue, why it is important to the Caucus, and what actions the GLLC is taking to address the problem.
Read our latest posts on the issues
- April 23 Web Meeting: How States and Provinces are Currently Managing Nutrient Inflow into the Great LakesThis web meeting, hosted by the Caucus’s Task Force on Nutrient Management focused on the different approaches state’s in the region are doing to reduce nutrient inflow into the Great Lakes. Senator Dan Lauwers told us about Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). A voluntary program initiated in 1998, MEAP recognizes farmers […]
- U.S. aquatic invasive species, ballast water laws evolvingThe Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus’s series of quarterly meetings for 2020 closed out with a presentation on aquatic invasive species and ballast water management from Sarah LeSage, who coordinates the Aquatic Invasive Species program in the Water Resources Division of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. The Dec. 11 […]
- Controlling Nutrient Runoff Focus of Second Virtual Session of GLLC’s 2020 MeetingIn most years, on most days, nutrients from the agricultural operations of the Great Lakes region largely stay on the fields. But when heavy rains come, the runoff of phosphorus and other nutrients occurs, as they leave the fields, enter streams, and ultimately reach the lakes. “The practices that are in place don’t work during those […]
- GLLC Annual Meeting Goes VirtualLike so many other meetings these days, the GLLC 2020 Annual Meeting is going virtual. We had an exciting agenda lined up for the in-person meeting planned in Detroit — including some really great off-site activities. With the pandemic, though, we’ll have to postpone those site-based activities until 2022. We can, however, […]
- GLLC Statement During June 23 GLEC MeetingI was pleased to be able to make the following statement today on behalf of the GLLC during the semi-annual meeting of the binational Great Lakes Executive Committee (GLEC): Thank you for holding this online meeting and giving me the chance to report to the GLEC on behalf of the Great Lakes-St. […]
- Quarterly webinar gives annual overview of federal, state/provincial legislationMembers of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus got their annual update on federal, state and provincial legislation in a June 5 webinar. Matthew McKenna, director of the Great Lakes Washington Program at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, provided an overview of recent and pending federal legislation in the U.S. Congress, starting with the […]