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Your August Update

Smart Great Lakes Initiative:
Call for participation on Issue Area Strategy Teams; Leadership Team announced

Interested in being a part of the Smart Great Lakes Initiative (SGLi)

SGLi leadership is seeking volunteers to share their expertise by serving on Issue Area Strategy Teams. 

These teams will focus initially on contributing to a Common Strategy representing three areas: science and innovation, data and information, and policy and management.

If you are interested in joining a team, email Katie Rousseau, Smart Great Lakes Liaison, at

Leadership Team update:

Last week, SGLi leadership announced those who are serving on the Leadership Team. With their first meeting in the books, the team is getting to work solidifying a governance framework, developing strategic goals, fundraising, and more. 

SGLi Partners on the Leadership Team:

Aaron Fisk – University of Windsor

Aaron Packman – Northwestern University

Bhaleka Persand – University of Waterloo

Bryan Stubbs – Cleveland Water Alliance

Christopher Hilkene – Pollution Probe

Dean Alonistiotis – Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Office of Commissioner Kim du Buclet

Jeanette Schnars – Regional Science Consortium

Jennifer Boehme – International Joint Commission

John Robinson – Mazarine Ventures

Kelli Paige – Great Lakes Observing System

Leon Carl – U.S. Geological Survey

Mark Fisher – Council of the Great Lakes Region

Read the Leadership Team announcement
Email Katie Rousseau

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary mapping contributes to Lakebed 2030

Last Monday, the Great Lakes Observing System hosted a webinar to highlight the fantastic collaborative lakebed mapping work taking place at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. 

Bathymetry data, which is essentially underwater topography, was collected by a boat and an autonomous surface vehicle and will contribute to Lakebed 2030’s comprehensive, detailed, publicly usable map of the Great Lakes. 

The webinar featured speakers from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Ocean Exploration Trust, and the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

Curious about Lakebed 2030? Visit and consider registering for the Great Lakes Techsurge Lakebed 2030 conference.

Learn more about Lakebed 2030

P.S. Check out @TwoYellowBuoys buoy data game on Twitter if you're any good at guessing lake conditions. Here's the most recent one.
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