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Enviro-Mich message from "Dolan, David" <doland@uwgb.edu>

Targeting the Detroit River

Mention the Detroit River to someone * and you are likely to get a reaction.
The river has long been a diversely used and seriously abused natural
resource. The legacy of this activity has clearly changed the river's
environment.  Considered by federal, state and provincial governments as one
of the most damaged river ecosystems, the Detroit River has been the subject
of many restoration efforts.  
The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup Committee (DRCCC) is one group that is
working to do just that:  Cleaning up the Detroit River.  "The DRCCC has
gathered some good momentum since its inception in 1998 but we need to
continue building on this momentum in order to tackle the problems that
remain for the River ", explains Jim Drummond, Chair of the DRCCC.  While
several projects have been implemented to improve the environmental health
of the River, there is a need to develop environmental targets that can be
measured to ensure progress in cleaning up the river.

The DRCCC and its American partners are planning a two-day workshop to
establish these targets and ways to measure their achievement.  A Technical
Session to identify the criteria needed to show measurable environmental
improvement is being held Friday, April 26th from 9am to 4:30 pm at the
Great Lakes Institute, University of Windsor, 2990 Riverside Drive West
(Beside the Villa Maria).  Lunch will be provided. Also that evening, from
and 6pm to 8 pm an informal discussion will allow members of the public to
talk with many of the scientists and technical experts that have worked on
the Detroit River.  Then, on Saturday, April 27th from 9 am to 2:30 pm,
there will be a workshop to further identify and discuss the criteria
necessary to show the river has been cleaned up.   This will also be held at
the Great Lakes Institute, University of Windsor, 2990 Riverside Drive West
and lunch will be provided.

Anyone interested in attending the workshops should contact Matthew Child at
the Essex Region Conservation Authority (519) 776-5209 ext. 368 or
mchild@erca.org.for further information. 


Media Contact:	Jim Drummond, Chair, 
			Detroit River Canadian Cleanup Committee
			(519) 250-3733

Dave Dolan
Detroit River Delisting Criteria Workshop Facilitator
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Natural & Applied Sciences, ES-317
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54311
(920) 465-2986 (office)
               2376 (fax)

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