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Invasive species gang up on crayfish
Traverse City Record-Eagle (6/22)
A new study looking into invasive zebra and quagga musselsí relationship with invasive rusty crayfish illustrates how the harm they cause together can be greater than either of them alone.

Great Lakes grant to aid Honeoye Lake research into algal blooms
Livingston County News (6/22)
The Great Lakes Research Consortium has awarded a $25,000 grant for a study of algal blooms in Honeoye Lake located south of Rochester, New York.

Research vessel visits Navy Pier; crew talks findings, climate change
Chicago Sun Times (6/15)
The Blue Heron is on a one-week research trip around the Great Lakes, gathering data on climate change and it docked at Navy Pier in Chicago for tours.

$20M federal grant supports new Great Lakes research center
The Associated Press (5/17)
The University of Michigan has received a a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a research institute focused on sustainable management of the Great Lakes.

COMMENTARY: Trumpís anti-science budget will be a disaster for America
Herald & Review (4/24)
In its approach to scientific research, President Trumpís budget can be accurately described as a mugging, and this might not end well for the nation.

Wild rice could help protect Lake Ontario shorelines
Metro News (4/21)
Environmental researchers at Ryersonís Urban Water Centre have begun discussions with an Indigenous wild rice farmer in Peterborough, Ontario, to use the plant to support local wetlands and protect Lake Ontario shorelines.

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General Resources
Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER)
CILER is a partnership between NOAA and the University of Michigan. The Institute was conceived to have a regional Great Lakes focus, and its research themes cover a diverse area of disciplines focused around the overall goal of improving our understanding and management of the Great Lakes through ecosystem-based research.

Council of Great Lakes Research Managers
International Joint Commission
The general objective of the Council is to enhance the ability of the IJC to provide effective leadership, guidance, support and evaluation of Great Lakes research programs with particular reference to programs required or funded pursuant to the provisions of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1978.

Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER)
University of Windsor
GLIER research is currently focused on two interrelated themes; environmental chemistry and toxicology, and conservation and resource management, that assess the impact of multiple stressors on large lakes and their watersheds.

Great Lakes Research Consortium
The Great Lakes Research Consortium consists of 16 colleges and universities in New York State and nine affiliated schools in Ontario. GLRC programs help to promote collaborative research on the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
The U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center was founded in 1927 and continues to provide scientific information for the sound management of Great Lakes fish populations and other important natural resources in the basin.

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Research Inventory
International Joint Commission
An Internet-based, searchable database created as a tool to collect and disseminate information on research programs relevant to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

International Association for Great Lakes Research
IAGLR is a scientific organization made up of researchers studying the Laurentian Great Lakes and other large lakes of the world, as well as those with an interest in such research.

Outdoor Discovery Center
The ODC's mission is to provide the people of West Michigan outdoor learning opportunities to illustrate the benefits of nature to human kind and to encourage stewardship and conservation of the natural world.

Research Overview: CILER Research Themes
Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER)
CILER research is organized within six research themes/tasks:Administration Science Enhancement and Visiting Fellows Program, Climate and Large Lake Dynamics, Coastal and Nearshore Processes, Large Lake Ecosystem Structure and Function, Remote Sensing of Large Lake and Coastal Ocean Dynamics and Marine Environmental Engineering.

Upper Lakes Environmental Research Network (ULERN)
A unique coalition of researchers, resource managers and educators in natural resources and environmental fields, ULERN facilitates collaborative aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric research throughout the upper Great Lakes basin.

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Areas of Concern
Evaluating Successful Strategies for Great lakes Remedial Action Plans
International Joint Commission (IJC)
Includes roundtable discussion and selected presentations from the 1995 Wingspread Conference to evaluate successful implementation strategies for RAPs and foster their transfer within the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem (July 1995).

Funding Strategies for Restoration of Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes Basin Summary Report
International Joint Commission
Report from the Wingspread Conference, which focused on strategies for funding AOC restoration, a critical issue in many parts of the basin in an era of reduced government funding to support restoration efforts at the local level (August 1996).

Position Statement on the Future of Great Lakes Remedial Action Plans
Great Lakes Water Quality Board
This WQB position statement reviews the history of RAPs, addresses current RAP funding concerns and provide practical advice on sustaining RAP processes and ensuring continued progress toward the goal of restoring all uses in Areas of Concern (September 1996).

Practical Methods to Protect and Enhance Habitats
Rouge River Remedial Action Plan Advisory Council, Habitat Subcommittee
This document discusses practical methods to protect and enhance habitats; storm water management; theory, practice and institutional arrangements; and funding options for local activities to put watershed management in action (May 1996).

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Climate Change
Agriculture and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region
MSU Agricultural Weather Office
Abstract: Crop diversity is an important characteristic of agriculture in the region due at least partially to the moderating influence of the Great Lakes on regional climate.

Climate Change Reports
Sustainable Minnesota
A clearinghouse of climate change reports in Minnesota and worldwide.

Historical Landcover Changes in the Great Lakes Region
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Abstract: Two different methods of reconstructing historical vegetation change, drawing on General Land Office (GLO) surveys and fossil pollen deposits, are demonstrated by using data from the Great Lakes region.

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A Partial Benefit-Cost Analysis of Sea Lamprey Treatment Options in the St. Marys River (PDF)
Michigan State University
Documents an economic model of recreational fishing in Michigan and illustrates how the model can be used to estimate some of the economic benefits associated with fisheries management decisions.

Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This site provides information and a network of links to lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) research conducted by a number of U.S. and Canadian agencies and universities in the Great Lakes region of North America.

Research and Monitoring of Fish Species of the Great Lakes
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center
Background on more than a dozen key fisheries research projects currently underway in the Great Lakes.

The Michigan Recreational Angling Demand Model (PDF)
Michigan State University
Reports on a large-scale spatial model of the demand for recreational angling in Michigan.

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Plants and Habitat Research and Monitoring
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center
Examines Lake Erie ecological investigations, effects of winter navigation on Lake Herring reproduction, aquatic plant problems in Lake St. Clair, and more.

Research and Monitoring of Insects
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center
Current research on mayflies, Karner Blue butterflies and various aquatic invertebrates.

Research: Native Clams of the Great Lakes
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center
Outlines why native clams are endangered, food web dynamics, and conservation efforts.

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Hazardous Substance/Bioremediation
Great Lakes Mid-Atlantic Center for Hazardous Substance Research
The mission of the Center is to foster and support integrated, interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts that advance and benefit human and environmental health and well-being. Investigators from the universities join forces to tackle issues related to the development and application of bioremediation technologies for contaminated soils and groundwater.

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Lake Levels
Proceedings of the Great Lakes Paleo-Levels Workshop: The Last 4000 years (PDF)
NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
The workshop was convened to place the historical lake level measurements in a longer term perspective through a series of papers and discussions by highly qualified experts in the specialized field of Great Lakes paleo lake level reconstruction (pdf; August 1999).

Visualization of Drifting Buoy Deployments on St. Clair River
USGS Surface-water quality and flow Modeling Interest Group
In October 2000, drifting buoys were deployed to help investigate flow characteristics near public water intakes in 10 reaches of the St. Clair River, a connecting channel of the Great Lakes between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair.

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Water Quality
Indiana Water Quality Atlas
Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
The Indiana Water Quality Atlas (IWQA) is a collaborative project to create a Web-based interactive atlas of water quality related data and information.

Midwest Center for Environmental Science and Public Policy
The Midwest Center is committed to achieving sustainable improvements in human health and the environment through objective, unbiased research and education, and through science-based advocacy.

NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health
NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
The NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health (CEGLHH) is a multi-disciplinary research center which will focus on understanding the inter-relationships between the Great Lakes ecosystem, water quality and human health.

Water Quality in the Lake Erie-Lake St. Clair Drainages
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
The Lake Erie-Lake St. Clair drainage basin is a 22,300-square-mile area that drains to the Great Lakes from parts of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. This new report illustrates the critical link between water quality and present and past land-use practices and chemical use in urban and agricultural areas.

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Water Quantity
Water Supply Management Options for Northeastern Illinois
University of Illinois at Chicago
A report offering critical information about the Chicago metro region's water supply resources, the legal and institutional framework for Great Lakes diversion, and unique primary research materials, such as the Great Lakes Mediation Memorandum of Understanding between Illinois and the other Great Lakes states.

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Wetland Ecology Research and Monitoring
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center
Topics include climate change effects, marsh restoration, water levels, and wetland bioindicators.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Fish and Fisheries in the Great Lakes Region

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