Great Lakes Commission releases report on uses of Great Lakes water in 2020

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Ann Arbor, Mich. – A report released by the Great Lakes Commission finds that 37.8 million gallons of water per day were withdrawn from the Great Lakes basin in 2020, a close to 3% decrease from 2019 withdrawals. According to the 2020 Annual Report of the Great Lakes Regional Water Use Database, thermoelectric power production, public water supply, and industrial use were the primary water use sectors. Only 5% of the total reported water withdrawn was consumed or otherwise lost from the basin.
The report’s findings were shared at the December meeting of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Compact Council. Since 1988, the eight states and two provinces in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin have submitted water use data to the Great Lakes Commission. The GLC compiles and summarizes these datasets into an annual report, which is presented to the Regional Body and Compact Council.
“The water use data published annually by the Great Lakes Commission helps to ensure that regional decision-makers protect and use the waters of our Great Lakes wisely,” said Timothy Bruno, Great Lakes Commissioner, chief of the Office of the Great Lakes at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and designated chair of the Regional Body. “With the growing effects of climate change and extreme weather on the basin, carefully managing our resources will be even more critical in the years to come.”
To read the report, visit

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The Great Lakes Commission, led by chair Todd L. Ambs, deputy secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is a binational government agency established in 1955 to protect the Great Lakes and the economies and ecosystems they support. Its membership includes leaders from the eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes basin. The GLC recommends policies and practices to balance the use, development, and conservation of the water resources of the Great Lakes and brings the region together to work on issues that no single community, state, province, or nation can tackle alone. Learn more at

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RFI – Call for Research Ideas: Sandia Labs LDRD Collaborations

Shared on Behalf of Sandia University Partnerships Program Office

Each year, Sandia collects internal proposals to fund research projects managed by their Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD) Office. These projects are transformational, high-risk, and create a lasting impact. Many of these projects achieve great results through the partnerships between Sandia researchers and universities, who provide their unique expertise and capabilities and further develop talent pipelines and additional opportunities. 

To streamline potential university collaborations, Sandia is sharing identified needs and collecting research summaries from you, who are experts in many fields, to distribute to our laboratory researchers. To that end, we would like to identify faculty who:

  • conduct research in our identified collaborative areas.
  • are interested in partnering with Sandia.
  • have the bandwidth to support a research collaboration.
  • would like to engage their students in national security research.

Sandia staff will submit their ideas (intent to submit) from December 13, 2021 – February 14, 2022. After the idea review and selection process, invited proposals will be submitted from March 30, 2022 – May 5, 2022. If a Sandia researcher is interested in forming a research collaboration with you based on the input you’ve provided, they will contact you directly before May 5, 2022. 

Sandia will also host an information session this Spring regarding LDRD projects and university collaborations for both Sandia staff and university faculty. By providing your information using this Eventbrite link, you will receive an invitation to participate. 

The attached document highlights our research needs, grouped by focus areas at the laboratory. Please review to see if your research aligns with our specific needs. If you are interested in partnering with our laboratory, fill in your information through this Eventbrite registration form. The research needs are uniquely numbered (e.g., BIO1, BIO2, etc.) in the attachment and also utilized on the registration form. After you submit your “registration” information through Eventbrite, please send an email summarizing your research in a paragraph or less to AcademicPrograms@sandia.govAll input (your registration plus a research summary email) should be submitted by January 10, 2022.

Even if you submitted your research interests last year, you still need to register via the Eventbrite form to indicate your continued interest. We can include your information from last year, but if you have an update, please submit new information on your research as appropriate. 

Note: This is not a proposal call or a guarantee that you will be contacted to explore collaborations. However, by sharing this information, you are providing visibility to potential Sandia collaborators about your expertise and interest in new research partnerships. Since this information is shared broadly with our Sandia researchers, there may be opportunities identified for collaboration even outside of the LDRD program.

Sandia National Laboratories Summer Internship Opportunities

Sandia National Laboratories currently has graduate and undergraduate summer internship postings in the FORCEE Institute (Future of Research for Climate, Earth, and Energy). If you are an interested student, please visit the links below to see the internship postings.

Climate Science and National Security – Technical Undergraduate Internship

Climate Science and National Security – Technical Graduate

Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Grid Modernization – R&D Graduate