Vol. 1, Issue 5 - Great Lakes Connection monthly newsletter - IJC - September 2016
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Governments’ Great Lakes Public Forum to Present Status of Lakes, IJC Sessions Invite Your Views

A portion of the Toronto skyline reflected on Lake Ontario. Credit: Allen

By Sally Cole-Misch, IJC

Over three days in early October, the governments of Canada and the United States will tell us how the lakes are faring, based on the goals and objectives they’re trying to reach in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The conference is free and open to all who want to attend on Oct. 4-6 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto. Read More

ParticipateIJC: How You Can Help to Define the Future of the Great Lakes

Filming at a previous forum on Lake Erie.
Credit: IJC files

By Sally Cole-Misch, IJC

Over the next year, the IJC invites you to participate in its assessment of progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Here’s your cheat sheet to keep track of the meetings and other opportunities to participate.
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Upcoming Progress Report on Great Lakes Expected to Generate Widespread Interest

The report is known as the PROP, or Progress Report of the Parties. Credit: Gilly Walker

By Frank Bevacqua, IJC

The first progress report under the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement will cover familiar topics from earlier versions of the Agreement such as nutrients, chemicals and Areas of Concern and also bring an increased focus to newer topics including climate change impacts, groundwater, habitat and invasive species. Read More

Something in the Water:  Stories and Social Change

By Dr. Bonnie McElhinny, University of Toronto
Fishing. Family. Healing. Danger. These and other themes are included in following stories, which are just two from a group of 90 stories first-year students wrote in a course on “Living at the Water’s Edge in Toronto” that I taught at the University of Toronto in fall 2015. Read More

The Otonabee River in Peterborough. Credit: Robert Linsdell

Watermarks: A Cherished Commissioner and Award-Winning Professor

By Jeff Kart, IJC

The first is from US Commissioner Dereth Glance, who ended her tenure last week and penned a farewell column reflecting on her time with the IJC . 

The second is from Michael Twiss, who has served on the IJC’s Great Lakes Science Advisory Board and its Research Coordination Committee since 2014. 
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NASA’s Aqua satellite, launched in 2002, is used to observe weather and climate patterns and trends -- including algal blooms -- alongside another satellite called Terra. Credit: NASA/JPL AIRS Project

Watching Algal Blooms from Space

By Kevin Bunch, IJC

Scientists don’t need to be out on the water collecting jars of algae to help measure a bloom – they can do it from space, too.

A team of scientists was able to use historical data from NASA ocean color satellites to measure the extent of Great Lakes algal blooms back to 1997, even before satellites were actively collecting the data. Michigan Tech Research Institute Co-Director Robert Shuchman said they wanted to answer the question on whether or not harmful algal blooms, or HABs, were getting worse year-to-year, focusing primarily on three areas. Read More
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Collecting mussels from the Niagara River Area of Concern. Credit: US Army Corps of Engineers

Get Involved: Combined Sewer Overflows, Climate Change

Talking Microplastics 
What’s Involved in Delisting an Area of Concern?


Reflections on Serving Transboundary Waters and Communities 

By Dereth Glance, IJC

After five years, the time has come for me to end my service as a US Commissioner for the IJC. “My dream’s dream job” is often how I described this incredible opportunity bestowed upon me by President Obama and the US Senate.

I have accepted the position of executive director of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, charged with managing the solid waste system including waste reduction, composting, recycling, disposal, and energy generation for my local community in Syracuse, New York. Read More
Glance, in blue, visits staff members at the Great Lakes Regional Office in Windsor, Ontario. To her left at the table is Office Director Patricia A. Morris. To her right, U.S. Commission Chair Lana Pollack. Credit: IJC files
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