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E-M:/ July 29 Workshop to Encourage Public Input to Proposed G.L. Water Management Agreements (interactive videoconference)
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JULY 29 WORKSHOP TO ENCOURAGE PUBLIC INPUT TO
PROPOSED GREAT LAKES WATER MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS
East Lansing, Mich. -- Once the fourth largest inland sea in the
world, the Aral Sea, in Central Asia, has lost 80 percent of its volume
since the 1960s due to water lost to upstream irrigation; the sea level has
dropped more than 14 meters, leaving more than 38,000 km2 of former sea
bottom as dry surface (an area more than twice the size of Lake Ontario).
This cautionary tale is not lost on those who seek to protect the waters of
the Great Lakes.
"The Great Lakes contain 20 percent of the Earth's fresh water,
which is a huge global resource. We need to be careful what happens to it,"
said Tracy Dobson, a professor in the Michigan State University Department
of Fisheries and Wildlife, and a co-convener of a regional workshop to
facilitate public discussion regarding proposed international agreements
affecting the Great Lakes Basin.
The free public workshop will be held concurrently on the
campuses of Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Toronto (U
of T), July 29, 2005, from 9:30 a.m. to
2:45 p.m. EDT. Four additional venues will participate via teleconference
from Buffalo State University, New York; Québec; the University of
Wisconsin; and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The East Lansing
session of the workshop will be held in Room 145 Communication Arts and
Sciences Building, on the MSU campus.
Revised Annex Agreements and the Future of the Great Lakes Basin
is an interactive live video conference designed to provide an exchange of
information on the revised drafts of the Great Lakes Annex 2001 Implementing
Agreements -- proposed agreements that would govern the way the Great Lakes
and the waters of the Great Lakes Basin are managed and protected. Workshop
panelists, comprised of academic, legal and water resource experts;
environmental and industry advocates; and a representative of the Union of
Ontario Indians and the Council of Great Lakes Governors, will present their
viewpoints in the Toronto and East Lansing sessions. They will take
questions from attendees at the host sites and linked locations.
Leaders of the two Canadian provinces and eight states that
surround the Great Lakes -- Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New
York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ontario and Quebec -- have been working
since 2001 to establish binding agreements that would strengthen the
existing Great Lakes Charter. A first draft of this far-reaching interstate
and international agreement, which has become known as the Great Lakes
Charter Annex, was released for public consultation last summer. The second
set of draft agreements has been changed extensively as a result of public
input received last year. These Revised Annex Agreements were released June
30, for a 60-day public review period that ends August 29. The regional
Revised Annex Agreements workshop will provide one of the few opportunities
for interactive public comment and dialogue on the revised drafts during the
public comment period.
"The comment period is just 60 days long," Professor Dobson
noted. "This is an opportunity for the public to participate in the
decision-making process, to ensure that our government hears multiple
viewpoints, and not just special interests. We want to engage the public and
have those affected provide and reflect the views of their communities."
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The workshop is free and the public is encouraged to attend,
however registration is required by e-mailing one of the event organizers.
Lunch will be provided for registered attendees. The MSU Department of
Fisheries and Wildlife and the U of T Munk Centre for International Studies
are hosting the workshop, with additional support from the MSU Canadian
Studies Center and the MSU Center for Water Resources.
Information about the conference, as well as downloadable copies
of the Annex Agreements and A Great Lakes Citizen's Primer on the Annex
Agreements are available online at www.powi.ca. To register for the MSU
session, contact Erin Dreelin via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
(517) 432-8185; for the Toronto session, e-mail
email@example.com or call (416) 946-8901.
Implementation of the Revised Annex Agreements will have
significant implications for the Great Lakes, their tributaries, and
groundwater for the next century and beyond. The public comment period is an
important opportunity for interested constituencies, organizations and
individuals to promptly analyze the new texts, share information and reach
conclusions about these new agreements.
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