GLOS CEO Jennifer Boehme Testifying before American House Subcommittee

Great Lakes Observing System

Mar 26, 2024

GLOS CEO, Jennifer Boehme, testified before the American House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries last Thursday, March 21st. Jennifer spoke about the importance of mapping the Great Lakes in high-resolution and how the region would greatly benefit from data created from this effort. 

Earlier this year, Representatives Lisa McClain (MI, 9) and Debbie Dingell (MI, 6) introduced the Great Lakes Mapping Act in order to amplify existing efforts with additional resources.  

The Great Lakes Mapping Act would direct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct high-resolution mapping of the lakebeds of the Great Lakes. The bill would authorize $200M in appropriations and would require the agency to complete the mapping project by 2030. Throughout this process, NOAA would work with consulting bodies and regional coastal observing systems, such as GLOS, to map the lakebeds and then make all relevant data accessible to the public.  

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