Three-Year Canada-U.S. Effort Assesses the Health of the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie
Over the past 35 years, U.S. and Canadian pollution prevention and control programs have resulted in substantial improvements in environmental quality in the Detroit River and western Lake Erie that have led to dramatic ecological recovery. However, there are also signs of deteriorating conditions. These findings are a result of a three-year study entitled "State of the Strait: Status and Trends of Key Indicators." Nearly 50 organizations and over 75 scientists participated in this three-year effort that compiled long-term trend data on 50 indicators, interpreted the data, translated the science for policy-makers and the public, and helped prepare a comprehensive and integrative assessment of ecosystem health. For more information and to download the report, visit the Detroit River-Western Lake Erie Basin Indicator Project.
New Report Evaluates PCB Contamination of Detroit River/Western Lake Erie
A new report summarizes the state of the current science relative to PCB contamination of the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie, and challenges governments to take action. [more...]
GLU Calls for Reauthorization of National Aquatic Invasive Species Act
Great Lakes United calls for reauthorization of National Aquatic Invasive Species Act and for meeting the challenge of eliminating new introductions of aquatic invasive species in 10 years identified in IAGLR's report titled "Research and Management Priorities for Aquatic Invasive Species in the Great Lakes." [more...]
Project final report now online
The final report is a culmination of the work undertaken during this two-year grant to strengthening linkages between scientific research and environmental policy in the Great Lakes Basin.
New Report on Strengthening the Connection Between Great Lakes Science and Policy Released
The International Association for Great Lakes Research announces a new report that highlights efforts to strengthen the linkage between scientific research and environmental policy in the Great Lakes Basin and offers recommendations for continued activities to build on this dialogue. [more...]
Urban Nonpoint Source Pollution Report Released For Great Lakes Policymakers
A new report summarizes the current state of urban nonpoint source pollution science and evaluates a case study of an environmental controversy involving suburban development on the Oak Ridges Moraine, north of Toronto, Ontario. [more...]
Invasive species change lake: Trade's dark side Hard to control The latest invaders Growing awareness
This article published today in the Erie (Pa.) Times-News summarizes the growing attention being placed on exotic species, including mention of IAGLR's new report on exotic species. Search the paper's archives to view the article (requires login).
Aquatic Nuisance Species Report Released For Great Lakes Policymakers
A new report summarizes the state of the current science and challenges governments to take action to combat aquatic nuisance species in the Great Lakes. [more...]
Great Lakes Expert Directory Available to Policymakers
The International Association for Great Lakes Research announces the release of an online directory of Great Lakes scientists and researchers available to provide expert advice to Great Lakes policymakers. [more...]
Fact sheets are now available that address key issues in the Great Lakes. The first cover contaminated sediment and Detroit River habitat. The fact sheets include links to relevant articles published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research and experts to better communicate and translate science for, and offer advice to, Great Lakes policymakers. [more...]
Workshop Evaluates the Effects of Detroit River/Lake Erie PCB Control Measures
Sixty researchers from Canada and the United States gathered June 18-19, 2002, at a workshop in Windsor, Ont., to assess recent trends in PCB loadings and associated ecosystem changes within the Detroit River-Western Lake Erie Basin. [more...]
IAGLR Sets Up New Science-Policy ListServ
IAGLR has set up a listserv to help inform the Great Lakes policy and science communities about the project. The list currently contains more than 150 subscribers. At this time, the listserv is "announcement only," with updates coming from IAGLR Past President John Hartig. Subscribe from the box on the left of the page.
IAGLR Special Meeting Summary & Recommendations
A summary of IAGLR's meeting about the Science-Policy project, and recommendations on strengthening the science-policy linkage are now available.
IAGLR Special Meeting
The International Association for Great Lakes Research announces a special meeting about the Science-Policy project to be held at the association's annual meeting, June 4, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. [more...]
IAGLR Unveils 24 Years of Great Lakes Research Online
The International Association for Great Lakes Research announces the online release of 24 years of Great Lakes research in an effort to better inform public policy with sound science. [more...]
Congressional Briefing Summary Report Available
A report is now available that summarizes the Congressional Briefing to Strengthen the Science-Policy Linkage, held Aug. 14 and hosted by Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. Feedback was very positive about the event... [more...]
IAGLR Participates in Congressional Briefing to Strengthen the Science-Policy Linkage
Elected officials, scientists, academicians and Great Lakes managers gathered Aug. 14 for a congressional briefing and tour of the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair. [more...]
IAGLR releases Great Lakes Science-Policy Report
Survey findings and recommendations of the Great Lakes Science-Policy Advisory Board are now available in a report titled "Great Lakes Science & Policy: Strengthening the Connection. Report of a Survey of Great Lakes Policy Issues." This report describes the research methods used in IAGLR's Survey of Great Lakes Policy Issues, and it presents survey findings and advisory board recommendations for key issues to guide the association's remaining project activities. [more...]
See IAGLR Past President John Hartig's editorial about the project in the Journal of Great Lakes Research, 27(2).
IAGLR Special Meeting: Input Sought on Strengthening the Science-Policy Linkage
As a first step under the Joyce Foundation grant, IAGLR conducted the Survey of Great Lakes Policy Issues, which asked Great Lakes organizations to identify and rank high-priority policy issues in the region, and to identify desired information to assist policymakers in decision-making regarding these issues. IAGLR will now convene a kickoff meeting in conunction with the annual conference this June o review the survey results and seek advice on specific issues that could benefit from a strengthened science-policy linkage. [more...]
IAGLR Board Announces New Grant from Joyce Foundation
IAGLR's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that in December 2000 the association was awarded a $176,500 grant from the Joyce Foundation to improve communication between Great Lakes scientists and policymakers. Among other things, this two-year grant will:
- establish a policy advisory board to guide the project;
- build a web-based directory of IAGLR scientists and researchers to answer questions from policymakers;
- convert all back issues of the Journal of Great Lakes Research into an electronic format for the association's web site;
- participate in a pilot project designed to strengthen the science-policy linkage on three policy issues; and
- develop advice from IAGLR for strengthening the science-policy linkage for the Great Lakes in the future.