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- Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 14:24:02 -0400
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The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration has released its draft strategy to
protect and restore the Great Lakes. The document is available for public
review and comment at http://www.glrc.us. Below is a copy of the press
advisory describing today's release of the report.
Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy Released
7/7/2005 1:46:00 PM
DULUTH, Minn., July 7 -- The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration today
released a draft strategy to restore and protect the Great Lakes ecosystem.
At the "Summit I" event in Duluth, Minn., senior representatives of the
collaboration -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant
Administrator Benjamin Grumbles, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, Duluth Mayor Herb
Bergson, Superior, Wis., Mayor David Ross and Little Traverse Bay Bands of
Odawa Indians Tribal Chairman Frank Ettawageshik -- presented the strategy
for public comment.
In December 2004, President Bush signed an executive order directing EPA to
lead a regional collaboration of national significance for the Great Lakes.
The collaboration is a unique partnership of key members from federal,
state, and local governments, tribes and stakeholders for the purpose of
developing a strategic plan to restore and protect the lakes.
"The unique nature of these majestic lakes and their role in the cultural,
economic and environmental well-being of our nation requires us to take bold
action in their defense," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson.
"Working separately, environmental progress is limited. This collaborative
strategy, bringing together resources and ideas from our partners, is the
next step in ensuring the Great Lakes remain an international treasure --
forever open to trade and tourism, and providing a healthy ecosystem for its
"This is the summer of the Great Lakes - an unprecedented opportunity to
ensure that they are protected and restored for our children and
grandchildren," said Gov. Doyle. "Most importantly, we recognize that
immediate and aggressive action is needed. Hundreds have taken part in this
collaboration and we invite the public to help us identify the steps that
must be taken now and in coming years."
"We are pleased to host this important event and we're equally proud to show
the commitment we have to keeping the Great Lakes pure for future
generations," Mayor Bergson said. "I am looking forward to discussing Great
Lakes issues with our guests and working together to find solutions to the
problems we face."
"Many Great Lakes Tribal Nations have been participating in the
collaboration in recognition of their sacred duties and responsibilities to
the waters of the Great Lakes," said Tribal Chairman Ettawageshik. "We look
forward to hearing from the public about how the final strategy can help to
protect the Creator's gifts of pure water and sustainable ecosystems that
provide the foundation for the health and welfare of all people in the Great
More than 1,500 people from government and nongovernmental organizations
participated in the six-month effort to draft the strategy. Teams worked on
eight critical environmental priorities including aquatic invasive species,
habitat conservation and species management, near-shore waters and coastal
areas, areas of concern, non-point sources, toxic pollutants, sound
information base and representative indicators and sustainability. The
reports of these teams form the basis for the draft action plan. They
include recommendations for action and focus both on the long-term
restoration of the Great Lakes and on the steps that must be taken over the
next five years to most effectively achieve results.
The draft strategy still must be endorsed by the Great Lakes Regional
Collaboration members. Following a 60-day public comment period, including
five town-hall style meetings, the collaborations leadership will consider
the draft recommendations and public comments as they develop a final
strategy for approval by the collaboration membership. The final strategy is
due to be released in Chicago in December 2005.
To read recommendations of the strategy teams and for more information about
the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration go to
http://www.epa.gov/grtlakes/collaboration. To comment on the draft strategy,
go to http://www.glrc.us
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