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Re: E-M:/ getting the lead out



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Enviro-Mich message from "Luanne Jaruzel" <jaruzel@tds.net>
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Michigan Loon Preservation Association is trying to Educate the public AND
start getting legislatures to  address this issue.  We have been working for
three years educating the public when we do educational loon talks to any
group that will have us (Audubon, nature centers, Boy Soucts, senior
citizens groups etc.) We held a seminar two years ago that was attended by
representatives and speakers from Canada, Minnesota and New Hampshire.  This
is a regional issue not just a Michigan issue.  We have also published a
brochure that addresses the issue for loons and other waterfowl.  We
distribute this wherever we can, boating stores, some places give them out
with the fishing licenses etc.  We would appreciate any help in getting
these out - contact me or State Loonwatch Coordinator Joanne Williams at
michiganloons@yahoo.com and we can send a bunch out to any interested
parties and answer any questions.  Former MLPA Board member Gerry Purdy has
been instrumental in getting bringing this to the attention of some
senator - contact me for his e-mail address if interested.
Luanne Jaruzel
MLPA Secretary
jaruzel@tds.net
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Gearhart" <jeffg@ecocenter.org>
To: <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2003 4:57 PM
Subject: E-M:/ getting the lead out


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> Enviro-Mich message from Jeff Gearhart <jeffg@ecocenter.org>
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> I have also wondered for years why we continue to allow the
> significant  quantities of lead to be put into our waters when they
> fall off fishing lines(sinker and other tackle).  Is anyone working
> on this in Michigan?
>
> I've seen the lead free weights & tackle sold at Cabela's in Dundee,
> but I am not aware of any efforts to get their use adopted, either
> legislatively or otherwise.  And it is unclear what percentage of
> tackle shops actually carry the alternatives anyway.  Most of the
> shops I been at don't.
>
> Other state programs appear to be successful and some are noted below:
>
> New York
> http://www.state.ny.us/governor/press/year02/may8_2_02.htm
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> New Hamshire
> http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/get_the_lead_out.htm
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> Maine
> http://www.maineaudubon.org/conservation/wildlife/leadout.html
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> And Minnesota has an active voluntary program:
> http://www.moea.state.mn.us/reduce/sinkers.cfm
>
> I also understand that the UK banned lead in sinkers sometime in the 80's.
>
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