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Lawrence region
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 09:48:20 -0500
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For immediate release
October 26, 2000
Contact: Michael J. Donahue
Phone: 734-665-9135
Fax: 734-665-4370
E-mail: mdonahue@glc.org

States, provinces set priorities for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region
Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting

Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Great Lakes Commission, acting at its recent annual
meeting in Hamilton, Ontario, has adopted a bold new strategy to advance
environmental protection and resource management efforts in the Great
Lakes-St. Lawrence region. Delegates from the eight Great Lakes states, as
well as Ontario and Quebec, convened to discuss and act on a series of
policy positions and new initiatives that will advance state and provincial
priorities for the region.

"Four themes emerged that collectively form this strategy," explains
Nathaniel E. Robinson, newly elected chair of the Commission. "The
Commission has committed to expanding our regional advocacy role, our
partnerships within the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence community, our decision
support services, and our suite of specific projects." Among other
actions, the Commission will:

. establish a new advocacy staff position and associated strategy to
advance its priority needs within the 107th Congress;

. explore opportunities for meaningful partnership with the region's First
Nations and tribal authorities;

. develop a binational data and information management policy to support
decisionmaking processes on a range of environmental protection and
resource management issues; and

. initiate projects that include a binational Lake St. Clair Management
Initiative and a monitoring network for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence

Actions at the meeting, attended by more than 120 representatives from the
public, private and citizen sectors, complement some 50 ongoing projects
and activities that respond to elements of the Commission's five-year
Strategic Plan adopted earlier this year. Details, including all
resolutions adopted at the annual meeting, are available at the Great Lakes
Commission web site: www.glc.org.

The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Nathaniel E. Robinson (Wisconsin),
is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by state and U.S.
federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy
environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence
region and its residents. The Commission consists of state legislators,
agency officials and governors' appointees from its eight member states.
Associate membership for Ontario and Quebec was established through the
signing of a "Declaration of Partnership." The Commission maintains a
formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies,
tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests. The
Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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