<> GLMRIS Interbasin Study Being Released - On January 6, 2014, the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Report will be released to the public and submitted to Congress. The GLMRIS Report presents a range of options and technologies to prevent aquatic nuisance species (ANS) movement between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins through aquatic connections.
<> Projects Wanted - Funding Opportunity - The Great Lakes Protection Fund seeks to support a suite of projects that will design, develop, test and evaluate innovations to advance the next generation of actions to protect and restore the ecological health of the Great Lakes. Preproposals received by February 3, 2014 can be considered for support at the Fund's June 2014 board meeting.
<> Recent gain in Great Lakes coastal wetlands shadows impending losses, experts warn - The Great Lakes region gained 13,000 acres of coastal wetlands from 2004-09, due to low lake levels - and experts warn that this gain may obscure much larger, longer-term losses that are likely to continue.
<> Making Great Lakes wind power 'bird friendly' - A $2 million project funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative used radars to track bird migration and bat populations in the Great Lakes basin. The project could make Great Lakes wind power more 'bird friendly' by guiding wind power projects to areas where birds are less likely to fly into the spinning blades of wind turbines.