Calendar of Events
May 29-30 – Annual Meeting of Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Montreal, www.glfc.org
June 19-21 – Annual Meeting of Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Marquette, Mich., www.glslcities.org
TBD – Great Lakes Commission Semi-Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisc., www.glc.org
This Web site is the online center for public information and involvement in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS). Browse this Web site, and subscribe to receive e-mail alerts and GLMRIS newsletters. You can also attend public forums to be hosted by USACE. Forum details such as date, time, and location will be announced on this Web site, to GLMRIS email subscribers, and through social media outlets.
The GLMRIS Team is utilizing Facebook and Twitter as a means of broadcasting ways to stay involved with GLMRIS and with issues associated with aquatic nuisance species. Join the GLMRIS conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! If you're out enjoying one of our Great Lakes, please be safe, and wear a life jacket!
... See More
May 23, 2013
In Feb. 2010, a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan covering fiscal years 2010-2014 was released. The Action Plan identified the goals, objectives, measurable ecological targets and specific actions to help rehabilitate the Great Lakes. The federal agencies use the Action Plan to t... See More
May 22, 2013
Hundreds of scientists, environmentalists, economists and government representatives from around the world will gather to review the most current research on the Great Lakes ecosystem and other large lakes at the 56th annual Conference on Great Lakes Research June 2-6 in Indiana.
The... See More
May 21, 2013
Happy Monday! Another busy week for the GLMRIS Team. We are at an anticipated 11 weeks out from the Agency Technical Review -ready draft of the GLMRIS Report!
"We have a laser-like focus on producing the best document we can in the GLMRIS Report, given the time and financial
... See More
May 20, 2013
Executive Chef Paul Fehribach will host a Trash Fish Dinner at Big Jones restaurant in Chicago May 20. The dinner, an initiative of the Chefs Collaborative sustainability group, will feature nine other chefs and their recipes for unlikely fish. Dogfish, Spanish mackerel and Asian carp are among the ... See More
May 17, 2013
... See More
May 17, 2013
Meet Charles Melching. He is creating computer-generated waterflow/water quality models that are helping the GLMRIS Team determine the possible impacts of potential aquatic nuisance species controls and of creating a hydrologic separation between Lake Michigan and the Chicago Area Waterway System. ... See More
May 15, 2013
Great Lakes Interagency Task Force announces opportunities for the public to provide input to a planned update of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan.
The Action Plan targets fiscal years 2015-2019 investments to reduce toxic contamination, rehabilitate fish and w... See More
May 13, 2013
Today, the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee announces its 2013 Asian Carp Monitoring and Response Plan for Illinois Waters. Click below to download the plan.
The 2013 plan details over $6.5 million of Asian carp monitoring, sampling, removal and response activities in the Chi... See More
May 9, 2013
Some carp discussion on the Craig Fahle Show this morning! Listen to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District
Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Jim Schreiner and USACE Fish Biologist and e... See More
May 6, 2013
Past Involvement Opportunities
Focus Area 2 Other Aquatic Pathways Comment Period
Interim reports for 18 potential aquatic pathways, as well as a summary report, were released beginning September 14, 2012. The GLMRIS FA2 Team asked for public input on these reports. Each report had a 30-day comment period following its release. Read the reports on the FA2 Documents page.
ANS Control Screening Comment Period
USACE has screened the ANS Controls identified in the Inventory of Available Controls for Aquatic Nuisance Species of Concern – Chicago Area Waterway System (ANS Control Paper) and removed certain controls from further consideration by GLMRIS. USACE requested comments from public stakeholders regarding the ANS Controls Screening from January 18 through February 21, 2013. USACE will consider the information generated during the comment period to further screen the list of ANS Controls. More information on the screening can be found on the ANS Control Screening page.
ANS Control Comment Period
USACE asked interested members of the public to review the list of potential Controls contained in the Inventory of Available Controls for Aquatic Nuisance Species of Concern – Chicago Area Waterway System and provide information regarding Controls that may be effective but not included in the paper or comments regarding Controls listed in the paper. Comments were received via electronic submittal through the GLMRIS Web site and mail. The comment period ran from December 21, 2011 through February 17, 2012. USACE reviewed and incorporated public input before finalizing and re-issuing the paper. View these Controls and the updated paper on the ANS Control Page.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the paper and to comment. The GLMRIS Team appreciates your input!
NEPA Public Scoping
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping period was from November 16, 2010 through March 31, 2011. For more information regarding NEPA scoping, see What is NEPA Scoping?
During the scoping period, USACE solicited public comments regarding the scope of GLMRIS. Comments were delivered during 12 USACE-hosted public scoping meetings and received via electronic submittal through the GLMRIS Web site, mail and hand-delivery.
Please refer to the Completed NEPA Public Scoping Meetings and Transcripts page for more information regarding these meetings and to view transcripts of the scoping meetings.
The comments received during the scoping period are available on the View Scoping Comments page. A summary of the NEPA public scoping activities and the comments submitted during the scoping period is available in the NEPA Scoping Summary Report (PDF, 1.4 MB).
For Additional Information
For additional information on aquatic nuisance species and what you can do to prevent their spread, visit the following federal agency websites:
For location-specific information addressing aquatic nuisance species, visit your state's Department of Natural Resources website.
For further information on GLMRIS, please contact:
Office of Public Affairs
Chicago District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer
111 North Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Via email: email@example.com