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Governor Whitmer Enters Coalition Preventing Asian Carp Entry

Jul 12, 2019

To help prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin, Governor Gretchen Whitmer entered a coalition with other governors and premiers. The focus will be on taking action at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam on the Des Plaines River in Illinois, which provides a strategic focal point in the waterway that logically […]

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Governor Signs Line 5 Legislation

Dec 14, 2018

On Wednesday, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation creating the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA). The new authority will oversee construction and operation of a tunnel in bedrock beneath the waters of the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel will house a replacement segment for the Line 5 petroleum pipelines that currently sit on the bottom of […]

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Coast Guard Approves Straits of Mackinac Protection Measure

Oct 19, 2018

The United States Coast Guard approved a Straits of Mackinac “no anchor” zone, which provides protections and safeguards to Michigan’s waters and the utility infrastructure in the area. Boats dropping anchors in the area where there is utility infrastructure could cause severe environmental damage and threaten to disrupt critical energy and communication services. In May, […]

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House Approves of Great Lakes Protection Plan

Oct 05, 2018

This week, the House of Representatives passed legislation strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac. The “Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection, and Accountability” action plan seeks to: Improve reporting from pipeline operators to the State of Michigan. Increase the safety and security of utility lines that provide communities in northern Michigan and the […]

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House Committee Seeks to Strengthen Pipeline Safety Standards

Sep 28, 2018

This week, the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee reported a four-bill package aimed at protecting the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards. Named the “Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection and Accountability” action plan, it seeks to: Improve reporting from pipeline operators to the State of Michigan. Increase the safety and security of utility lines that […]

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Governor Announces Invasive Carp Challenge

Jan 27, 2017

This week, Governor Rick Snyder announced “The Michigan Invasive Carp Challenge.”  Using a $1 million appropriation authorized by the Governor and the Michigan Legislature, the challenge seeks to find the best solutions to tackle the looming crisis posed by invasive species in the Great Lakes.  The goal is to find the most cost effective manner […]

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Office of the Great Lakes Issues 2016 Report

Jan 06, 2017

On Wednesday, the Office of the Great Lakes (OGL) released their 2016 State of the Great Lakes report.  The OGL, housed within the Department of Environmental Quality, invited authors from state agencies, academia, and the private sector to discuss initiatives and events of note to the region and the watershed for the annual report.  The […]

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President Signs the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act

Dec 22, 2016

On December 16, President Barack Obama signed into law the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.  The new Act authorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) at $1.5 billion over the course of five-years, dedicates funding for maritime priorities including the Great Lakes Navigation System, strengthens protections for fish and wildlife, and authorizes funding […]

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