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August 2013
Report: Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority
The International Joint Commission released a draft report: Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority: Scientific Findings and Policy Recommendations to Reduce Nutrient Loadings and Harmful Algal Blooms. The report examines lake-wide changes related to phosphorous enrichment, compounded by climate change and aquatic invasive species. The public is invited to comment online and also attend a series of open houses and public meetings.

Climate change and algal blooms
Climate change is predicted to change many environmental conditions that could affect the natural properties of fresh and marine waters both in the U.S. and worldwide. Changes in these factors could favor the growth of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and habitat changes such that marine HABs can invade and occur in freshwater.

Green water or clean water?
Have you seen an algal bloom in your area? Take a picture of it and post your photo to the EPA's "State of the Environment" photo project on Flickr. Algal blooms are overgrowths of algae and can occur in lakes, reservoirs, rivers, ponds, bays and coastal waters, and become harmful by producing toxins that harm human health and aquatic life.

Apostle Island Sea Cave kayaking safety
The SeaCavesWatch.org real-time wave observation system for the sea caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Lake Superior provides photos and data about conditions at the sea caves that kayakers can access online before venturing out. A new real-time wave kiosk system was recently installed at Meyers Beach, the launch site for the sea caves.

Register now for the Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting
The 2013 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting takes place Sept. 9 in Milwaukee, Wis. The meeting will again be held in conjunction with Great Lakes Week, featuring the annual meetings and conferences of diverse groups who are leading the fight to restore the Great Lakes. Register now!

Victory on Lake Erie
The waters of Lake Erie may be peaceful today, but in the early nineteenth century they were filled with battleships during one of the most important naval battles in United States history: the Battle of Lake Erie. The battle was fought off the coast of Ohio during the War of 1812.

2013 Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has released its draft Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan 2013 for public comment. The plan is organized into 12 priority areas addressing current and emerging issues in the Ohio Lake Erie basin, such as nonpoint source pollution, invasive species and climate change.

State of Lake Michigan and Great Lake Beach Association Joint Conference
Online registration is now open for the State of Lake Michigan and Great Lakes Beach Association Joint Conference, Oct. 15 - 17, 2013. The events will take place at the Blue Harbor Convention Center in Sheboygan, Wis. Register by September 13th, 2013 to receive early bird rates!

Can you identify these aquatic invasive species?
Learn to recognize invasive species online at www.seagrant.umn.edu/ais or by picking up FREE aquatic invasive species (AIS) identification cards from venues throughout the Great Lakes region. The wallet-sized cards are available so that you, your friends and your family can help fight the spread of AIS.

Michigan's Great Lakes Water Trails
Have you checked out GLIN's Site of the Month yet? Michigan's Great Lakes Water Trails is a new website that makes it easy to find great places to kayak or canoe throughout Michigan. An interactive map provides instant information on local water trails and their associated amenities. Visit today and plan your next adventure!

Great Lakes Week
Great Lakes Week 2013 is only a few short weeks away! Register now for the many conferences and events of Great Lakes Week, Sept. 9-12 in Milwaukee, Wis. The gathering attracts people from around the eight-state Great Lakes region, as well as across the United States and Canada.

Lake sturgeon population study
The Mich. Dept. of Natural Resources is conducting a study of the population of juvenile lake sturgeon in Black Lake (Cheboygan County) for approximately three weeks in mid-August. The study's goal is to assess how well recent stocking efforts for lake sturgeon have fared in Michigan's Black Lake.

Great Lakes Action Agenda
The N.Y. State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's Great Lakes Action Agenda is a draft plan to support programs and partnerships involving state and federal agencies, municipalities, academic institutions, non-profits, and other stakeholders in New York's Great Lakes basin. The deadline for public comment on the draft plan is Sept. 1.

EPA proposes rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting
EPA has proposed a rule that would modernize Clean Water Act reporting processes for hundreds of thousands of municipalities, industries, and other facilities by converting to an electronic data reporting system. E-reporting will increase efficiency, ease the burden for states and improve public access to data.

Adaptive Management Plan: Public comment period
The International Joint Commission is inviting public comment on the final report of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Task Team's Adaptive Management Plan before making recommendations to the governments of Canada and the United States. Comments are due by Aug. 30.

Climate change info for students
EPA developed A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change to help provide students (and educators!) with clear, accurate information about the causes and effects of climate change ó as well as the steps we can all take to help solve the problem.

An insiderís view of emerging contaminants
A new interview series takes readers behind the scenes of the latest research on pharmaceutical and personal care products. InUpClose, researchers working in the Great Lakes region talk about where these contaminants come from, what they mean for aquatic habitats, and how they can be effectively managed.

GLIN August Site of the Month
The GLIN August Site of the Month is Michigan's Great Lakes Water Trails, a new website that makes it easy to find great places to kayak or canoe throughout Michigan. An interactive map provides instant information on local water trails and their associated amenities. Digitally mapped trail information includes put-in and take-out spots along with inside tips on the trails. Check it out today!

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