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Enviro-Mich message from "Chris Grubb" <Grubbc@nwf.org>

Uphold Your Commitment to the Great Lakes

Statement by Andy Buchsbaum, Director, 
Great Lakes Natural Resource Center,
National Wildlife Federation

ANN ARBOR, MI -- "Today, several federal agencies submitted a report to President Bush that contains recommendations on how to clean up the Great Lakes.
"The report and its recommendations are utterly unsatisfactory.
"The federal agencies who wrote the report are turning their backs on Great Lakes restoration and the millions of citizens who rely on the lakes for drinking water, fishing, recreation, industry and their quality of life.
"The condition of the Great Lakes is worsening and they remain extremely vulnerable. The lakes are near a tipping point. The federal agencies recognize this vulnerability, yet they refuse to provide any new resources to fix it.
"They are simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
"They are saying to the citizens of the Great Lakes: 'Deal with sewage spills, habitat destruction and invasive species like the zebra mussels on your own*you'll get no more help from us.'
"Only President Bush can fix this misguided report from these federal agencies. He needs to honor his commitment to the Great Lakes by acting to restore them."


For Immediate Release:
October 28, 2005

Andy Buchsbaum, National Wildlife Federation, (734) 769-3351, x 35
Jordan Lubetkin, National Wildlife Federation, (734) 904-1589

The report can be found at: 

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

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