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Re: E-M:/ Great Lakes Restoration Public Hearing: Thursday @ 6:30pm at Cobo Hall



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Enviro-Mich message from "Chris Grubb" <Grubbc@nwf.org>
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Also, FYI, EPA Administrator Johnson will be in attendance. This is an
important chance to let him know how strongly we feel about making this
investment in Great Lakes restoration. I look forward to seeing many of
you there.

Chris

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EPA Administrator to Attend Great Lakes Meeting in Detroit Aug. 18

8/16/2005 11:46:00 AM


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To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor 

Contact: Phillippa Cannon of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
312-353-6218 

News Advisory:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Steve Johnson will
attend a meeting in Detroit on Thursday, Aug. 18, to hear comments on
the draft strategy of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration. The
meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Cobo Hall, One Washington
Blvd., Room W262, Riverfront Entrance.

It will be the fourth of six scheduled public meetings on the Draft
Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes, which was released for
a 60-day public comment period on July 7. The plan may be viewed at
http://www.glrc.us.

The plan was prepared by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration, a
partnership of federal, state, and local governments, tribes and other
interested parties to work on Great Lakes environmental and natural
resource issues. The collaboration was formed as a result of an
executive order signed by President Bush in May 2004.




NWF's mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our
children's future. 

Chris Grubb - Water Resources Coordinator
Great Lakes Natural Resource Center 
National Wildlife Federation
213 W. Liberty, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1398
p. 734-769-3351 f. 734-769-1449
www.nwf.org/greatlakes | www.restorethelakes.org

>>> "Mike Shriberg" <mshriberg@pirgim.org> 8/16/2005 12:16:31 PM >>>
Information on Thursday night's public hearing on Great Lakes
Restoration is
copied below.

The first thing is a media advisory with the day/times and the second
is
some more background information.  

I hope that many of you will be able to make it and ensure that our
voices
are heard to support funding restoring the Great Lakes.

 

- Mike Shriberg

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Mike Shriberg, Ph.D.
State Director
PIRGIM (Public Interest Research Group in Michigan)
103 E. Liberty Street, Suite 202
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-6597
 <mailto:mshriberg@pirgim.org> mshriberg@pirgim.org 
 <http://www.pirgim.org> www.pirgim.org 

 

 

 

      



 

 

 

$20 Billion Great Lakes Restoration Plan Focus of EPA Meeting in
Detroit

 

 

WHEN:                      Thursday, August 18th, 6:30 PM

 

WHERE:                   Cobo Hall - Room W262,

Riverfront Side 1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

                                    

WHO:                        U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

                                    Great Lakes Cities Initiative

                                    Citizens concerned about the health
of
the Great Lakes

 

WHAT:                      A task force charged by President Bush with
crafting a plan to restore and protect the Great Lakes recently
released a
$20 billion clean-up plan.

 

The plan tackles many of the problems that plague the Great Lakes, from
raw
sewage flowing into the lakes and closing beaches to habitat
destruction and
invasive species that are threatening the region's fish and wildlife.

 

The August 18th meeting is the third in a series of six public
meetings
across the Great Lakes region to get feedback from the public on the
draft
action plan. Attend the meeting and learn:

 

*        What's in the plan and how it impacts Michigan;

*        What citizens support in the plan; and,

*        What citizens oppose in the plan.

 

CONTACT:  

Mike Shriberg, PIRGIM, 734-662-6597;  <mailto:mshriberg@pirgm.org>
mshriberg@pirg.org 

Jordan Lubetkin, National Wildlife Federation, 734-904-1589;
<mailto:lubetkin@nwf.org> lubetkin@nwf.org 

Nora Ferrell, Valerie Denney Communications, 312-408-2580;
<mailto:nora@vdcom.com> nora@vdcom.com 

 

Background

 

It's time to commit to restoring the Great Lakes to their former
glory.
While the Great Lakes have made a significant comeback over the past
30
years, the work is not nearly complete and serious trouble is lurking. 
In
response to this challenge and under the leadership of the EPA, more
than
1500 people worked to create a plan to address critical problems facing
in
the Great Lakes region.  Called "The Great Lakes Regional
Collaborative",
the plan includes strong recommendations and funding targets to address
many
of the most pressing problems facing the Great Lakes region including:


*	Cleaning up toxic sediments from lake and river bottoms; 
*	Stopping sewage dumping into the Lakes; 
*	Restoring 550,000 acres of wetlands throughout the Great Lakes
region;
*	Stopping and controlling invasive species that can devastate
fisheries and wildlife.

 

While generally strong, the draft plan falls short in a few areas:

*	The recommendations for mercury controls on coal burning power
plants are weaker than current law.
*	There is no discussion about funding options for cleaning up
old
contaminated industrial sites ("brownfields") on and near the lakes.
*	The plan does not fully recognize that new technologies and
methods
can help manufacturers use fewer toxic chemicals that pollute the Lakes
and
our region.

 

However, there is only one way this plan will work: IF IT IS FULLY
FUNDED at
the $20.15 billion outlined in the plan.

 

The drafters of the plan are coming to Detroit to hear your concerns
about
the Lakes and to provide input into this plan to restore the Lakes. 
Please
attend and share your visions and concerns:

Thursday, August 18th, 6:30pm

Cobo Hall - Room W262, Riverfront Side 1

Detroit, Michigan 

 

If you're able to attend, we can send you more details on the plan and
environmental group's comments on it.  To RSVP and receive more
information,
click on this link or paste it into your web browser:

http://pirgim.org/MI.asp?id=777&id3=MI&id4=MIAA&; 

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Mike Shriberg, Ph.D.
State Director
PIRGIM (Public Interest Research Group in Michigan)
103 E. Liberty Street, Suite 202
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-6597
 <mailto:mshriberg@pirgim.org> mshriberg@pirgim.org 
 <http://www.pirgim.org> www.pirgim.org 

 


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