Lake Superior Binational Forum funding to end

The Lake Superior Binational Forum is saddened to say that future funding used to support our programs that’s been allocated through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will end when the Forum’s current grant expires in early 2015.

The Forum has been an active outreach and diverse stakeholder group that’s been working basin wide since its founding in 1991. We have been very fortunate to have been supported by EPA funding since then.

GLRI funds are allocated through Congressional budgets and are used to clean up toxic hot spots called Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes, as well as funding restorations of impaired areas to return them to more natural ecosystems. The GLRI initiative has brought $1.6 billion dollars to Great Lakes work since 2010, which is the most robust investment in lakes work for many decades.

EPA has told the Forum that in the future, the state agencies and tribes that receive GLRI funds will be responsible for the development of their own outreach and public comment opportunities.

The Forum is exploring other options for funding including donations, foundations, memberships, and other means of supporting successful outreach program such as Lake Superior Day, an annual environmental stewardship awards program, an electronic newsletter, weekly radio program, open public meetings, and other projects.

Contact us at binationalforum@northland.edu for more information on what you can do to help us move forward with new funding options and program ideas.

As a stakeholder group that was given the authority by binational agencies to solicit and gather public input from lake users, we invite you to send comments to EPA on whether you think public stakeholder and outreach forums, such as this one for Lake Superior, are important to you and the lake.

Submit comments to:

Gina McCarthy
Administrator for EPA (Washington DC)
mccarthy.gina@epa.gov
Environmental Protection Agency
Mail Code 1101A
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 564-4700

Dr. Susan Hedman
Region 5 Administrator, EPA (Chicago)
hedman.susan@epa.gov
Environmental Protection Agency
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604-3507

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Water is Life Newsletter – Winter 2014

newsletter_winter_2014_screen_shotThe Lake Superior Binational Forum is happy to share the latest of our newsletter called Water is Life. This title is the first three words of our vision statement which says “Water is life, and the quality of water determines the quality of life.”

We offer an informative, inspiring, and interactive newsletter four times per year to our subscribers who register for it here.  The newsletter is funded through a grant through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Click here to view the Winter 2014 newsletter.

Click here to view all Water is Life newsletters.

We hope you enjoy Water is Life!

Sucessful Public Input Meeting

The Lake Superior Binational Forum hosted an open public meeting called “Lake Superior Ojibwe (Anishinaabeg): Protecting and Restoring the Lake Superior Basin”, in November that highlighted the important programs and initiatives Lake Superior Ojibwe (Anishinaabeg) tribes are doing to help reach goals established in the Lake Superior Binational Program’s Lakewide Action Management Plan (LAMP).

Approximately 175 people attended two programs at the Red Cliff Band’s Legendary Waters Resort and Casino near Bayfield, Wisconsin.

“The Binational Forum was very happy to see so many tribal and non-tribal people at this unique public meeting,” said Lorraine Norrgard, U.S. vice chair of the Binational Forum. “This was the first public meeting in the basin that focused on the outstanding contributions our Lake Superior Anishinaabeg are making to protect and restore natural and human environments. We were delighted with the large turnout, which told us people are very interested in hearing the good tribes are doing on and off the reservation.”

To listen to speaker’s PowerPoint presentations, see photographs, watch videos, and learn more about what western Lake Superior tribes are doing, visit our Meeting web page.

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