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The Township of Ignace has voted in favour of being a willing host for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) proposed deep geological repository (DGR). The township’s council held a … Continue reading Ignace holds historic vote: willing host for NWMO’s DGR

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Request for Nominations to the Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB)

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Request for Nominations to the Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB)
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Fri, 07/12/2024 – 12:37 pm

Wooden walkway surrounded by wetland greenery on both sides. The walkway extends to the horizon where a grove of trees meets a grey cloudy sky.
A walkway through a Lake Michigan coastal wetland.
A walkway through a Lake Michigan coastal wetland.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates who desire to serve as members of the EPA’s Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB). The GLAB is chartered to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on matters related to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and on implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the U.S. and Canada. For appointment consideration, nominations should be submitted by July 30, 2024. 

Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to the GLAB. Individuals may self-nominate. For appointment consideration, interested nominees should email the application materials electronically to davicino.alana@epa.gov with the subject ‘‘GLAB Nominations 2024’’. 

Nominations Details

Noninations should include:

  • Current contact information for the nominee, including the nominee’s name, organization (and position within that organization), current business address, email address and daytime phone number.
  • A brief statement describing the nominee’s interest in serving on the GLAB.
  • A resume and a short biography (no more than two paragraphs) describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee, including a list of relevant activities and any current or previous service on Federal advisory committees; and
  • A description of the nominee’s EPA grant funding history including current EPA grant activities if applicable. If this does not apply to the nominee, please provide a brief statement indicating so.
  • Optional: Letter(s) of recommendation from a third party supporting the nomination. Letter(s) should describe how the nominee’s experience and knowledge will bring value to the work of the GLAB.

Contact Information

Alana Davicino, Designated Federal Officer, Great Lakes National Program Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, (G–9J), Chicago, Illinois
Phone: 312–886–2307
email: davicino.alana@epa.gov

Background

Read the Federal Register Notice requesting nominations.

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Sampling Ballast Water Management Systems Onboard Ships in the Great Lakes

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Sampling Ballast Water Management Systems Onboard Ships in the Great Lakes
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Wed, 07/10/2024 – 10:09 am

The Sample Collection Team from GWRC On Board the Articulated Tug Barge Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41
The Sample Collection Team from GWRC On Board the Articulated Tug Barge Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41.
The Sample Collection Team from GWRC On Board the Articulated Tug Barge Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41.

Thanks to GLRI funding, the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Great Waters Research Collaborative (GWRC) has been working with shipping companies to collect data on board Laker vessels. Laker vessels are commercial vessels that operate exclusively on the Great Lakes. Laker vessels are not major contributors of novel invaders into the Great Lakes. They can accelerate the secondary spread of introduced aquatic nuisance species via discharge of ballast water. In many cases, environmental risk associated with the ballast water vector can be substantially reduced through installation and operation of a ballast water management system.

GWRC worked with six Great Lakes vessels to install and assess operational performance and biological efficacy of ballast water management systems. The vessels also collect ultraviolet transmittance data in the ports they visit throughout the shipping season. Ultraviolet transmittance is a measurement of water clarity, i.e., how easily UV light travels through the water, and varies from port to port. Some vessels use ultraviolet (UV) treatments as part of their ballast water management systems. For UV light to neutralize organisms, it must be able to reach them. The spatial and temporal data will inform system developers about the challenges unique to the Great Lakes. 

During the 2024 season, GWRC will be adding a vessel utilizing screen filtering technology to the sampling schedule. This will allow researchers to examine the reduction in organisms provided by a filter alone. Initial data analysis has shown that operational performance of the UV systems tested relates closely to the clarity of the water taken on. Both UV and chlorination treatment systems are highly effective at treating organisms in the smaller size classes but are less effective at treating larger organisms although they typically reduce the larger organisms by several orders of magnitude. 
 

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The founder and CEO of The Well Community Collective appeared before Kincardine council last week. Appearing via Zoom, Shannon McGavin’s presentation included statistics that provide a solid case for the … Continue reading Wellness hub proposal presented to council

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Tips on how to keep your cool during extreme heat events The latest round of extreme heat that Kincardine and area experienced last week has prompted Grey Bruce Public Health … Continue reading Beating the heat

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Skilled trades co-op pilot concludes with plans to expand

A pilot program giving local students training in energy sector skilled trades resulted in new learning, job offers and future skilled trade co-op positions, according to facilitator NII Explore. Earlier this year, 25 high school students from Kincardine District Senior School (KDSS) became the first to enrol in the NII Explore Energy Co-op, a specialized […]

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Most hospitals in Grey-Bruce reducing or ending chaplain services

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Hospital spiritual care — provided by chaplains who listen and help people deal with anxieties and concerns when facing life’s difficult moments — has undergone an “upheaval” in Grey-Bruce. Brightshores Health System is taking the service in-house, by hiring a full-time spiritual care leader and two part-time spiritual care providers to cover its seven sites. […]

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Council has endorsed a declaration that creates a framework for communities engaging with the nuclear sector. Claire Dodds, commissioner of community development, asked council to endorse the declaration of Global … Continue reading Bruce County council endorses Nuclear Host Communities declaration

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