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Date:         Thu, 28 Aug 2003 14:56:13 -0400
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2003

Contact: Liz Boyd, Governor's Office
                 (517) 335-6397
                Patricia Spitzley, DEQ
                 (517) 241-7397

Governor Granholm Releases 2002 Report on the State of the Great Lakes

Today, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced the release of the 2002
Report on the State of the Great Lakes.

This annual report focuses on numerous issues impacting the Great Lakes
ecosystem including water quality, resource management, and aquatic
nuisance species.  It features guest authors from education, government,
and the environmental community.

The report highlights programs that address exotic species, habitat
conservation, pollution prevention, and water conservation to prevent
the threat of water exports.

"Geography not only distinguishes Michigan on a map, but has also given
us an unparalleled source of beauty and economic opportunity in the
Great Lakes," said Governor Granholm. "We must fulfill our
responsibility as environmental stewards of these Great Lakes to develop
policies permanently protecting the health of this unique ecosystem."

The 2002 annual report also features articles on the 30th anniversary
of the Clean Water Act, the Great Lakes Legacy Act, water resources
management, and the Lake Erie "dead zone."  A large portion of the
report is dedicated to the topic of aquatic nuisance species including
articles on Asian carp, snakehead, the Chicago dispersal barrier, and
Coast Guard standards for ballast water.

The report is available online at: http://www.deq.state
.mi.us/documents/deq-ogl-SOGL02.pdf

Limited numbers of hard copies of the report are available from the
Office of the Great Lakes at 517-335-4056.

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