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March 2015
EPA awards grants to target algal blooms
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of 14 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling over $17 million to fund projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality by preventing phosphorus runoff and soil erosion that contribute to algal blooms, and by reducing suspended sediments in Great Lakes tributaries.

Great Lakes project impacts
New York Sea Grant has issued a series of impact statements for eight of its projects conducted in the Great Lakes region of New York in 2014. The projects primarily focused on work to support resilient communities and economies and healthy New York coastal ecosystems and habitats.

10 plants for a bird-friendly yard
Looking to spruce up your yard this spring? Try growing more native plants Ė plants that naturally occur in the area where you live. Native plants are beautiful, already adapted to your precipitation and soil conditions, and donít need artificial fertilizers or pesticides. And native plants are great for birds and other wildlife!

Help monitor baby birds for science
You can help keep an eye on baby birds this spring as part of the citizen science project NestWatch. It's a program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Cornell Lab has been monitoring nesting birds for 50 years, and more than 130 studies have relied on the data from NestWatch.

A strategic plan for Great Lakes bird migration
Every year, Great Lakes bird researchers work to better understand migration patterns. A number of conservation initiatives seek to secure land to help species make their trek southward. Michigan Tech researchers are creating a strategic plan to coordinate these bird protection efforts in the Great Lakes region.

IAGLR 2015: New Views New Tools
Researchers from around the world will gather in Burlington, Vermont, for IAGLR's 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. Four days of scientific sessions and speakers will focus on this year's theme, New Views New Tools. The conferenc will take place May 25-29, 2015.

Great Lakes Economic Forum
The Council of the Great Lakes Region will host the premier Great Lakes Economic Forum on April 26-28, 2015. The Forum will provide a venue for Great Lakes leaders to share ideas and insights that will help shape economic policy, boost the regionís competitive edge and secure its long-term success.

Great Lakes land cover change chronicled in new NOAA report
A new NOAA Great Lakes Regional Land Cover report says four percent of the U.S. Great Lakes region saw changes to its land cover - paved surfaces, trees, forests, grasses, and wetlands--from 1996 to 2010. That figure represents 7,144 square miles, almost the equivalent of Lake Ontarioís surface area.

Asian Carp Canada
Have you visited GLIN's March Site of the Month? The honor goes to Asian Carp Canada, a new, comprehensive website on Asian carps created by the Invasive Species Centre and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The site provides information on all aspects of Asian carps, including the most recent prevention, warning, response and research efforts. Check it out today!

Managing Phragmites on USACE Restoration Projects
A new blog post featured on the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative website highlights the work the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing to manage and investigate strategies against the invasive Phragmites australis in several states in the Great Lakes region.

Integrated water management webinar
What is integrated water management and how can cities move forward to fix our broken water cycle? A free webinar series beginning Mar. 18 will provide the context and introduce the concept of integrated water management. The series is presented by the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and the Greater Lakes: Reconnecting the Great Lakes Water Cycle project.

Lake Huron Regional Restoration Meetings
A series of one-day public events are planned to discuss restoration progress in the U.S. Lake Huron basin and hear about plans to develop the Lake Huron Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) under the newly updated U.S.-Canadian Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

The Compass
The March 2015 edition of The Compass, the newsletter of the Council of Great Lakes Governors, is now available online. Highlights include a message from Council Chair Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder, states and provinces uniting to fight aquatic invasive species, and Illinois travel and tourism.

60th Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission
The Great Lakes Fishery Commission will hold their 60th annual meeting June 10-11 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Commission will recognize several individuals, including Cameron Davis, senior advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, with honorary awards for their service to the Great Lakes.

Lake Erie's ice boom
As Great Lakes ice coverage hovers around 80 percent, thereís no shortage of frozen landscapes to be seen. NASA captured a great photo showing the effect of Lake Erie's ice boom, which has reduced the amount of ice flowing into the Niagara River since 1964.

Michigan Watershed Summit
The 2015 Michigan Watershed Summit will take place March 25 in East Lansing, Mich. The summit will bring together an array of Michigan watershed groups to share information, updates, and facilitate discussion on status and concerns regarding Michigan's water environment.

Great Lakes phytoplankton
The U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office will present a webinar titled Great Lakes Phytoplankton: a Harbinger for Change, on Mar. 5. The webinar will present and discuss Great Lakes Monitoring data that have clearly revealed significant changes in whole-lake conditions resulting from human activities.

National Grass Carp Report
In an effort to prevent the illegal or unintentional release of grass carps into the Great Lakes, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requested the Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association to examine commercial grass carp production in the United States. The final report is now available online.

GLIN March Site of the Month
GLIN's March Site of the Month is Asian Carp Canada, a new, comprehensive website on Asian carps created by the Invasive Species Centre and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The site provides information on all aspects of Asian carps, including the most recent prevention, warning, response and research efforts.

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