FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 8, 2008
Damaschke, Sierra Club Great Lakes Representative (Michigan)
Brenke, Sierra Club Great Lakes Representative (Wisconsin)
Highlights stories of individuals around
the region working to restore and protect the Great Lakes
– Today, the Sierra Club Great Lakes Program released its “Citizen’s Guide to
Protecting the Great Lakes.” This guide
identifies Great Lakes problems and solutions
that individuals can implement to protect the Lakes. It also highlights
the major policy changes that state and federal governments need to make to
ensure that future generations can use and enjoy the Lakes as we do today.
Guide was inspired by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy (GLRCS)
– a comprehensive regional plan to protect our drinking water, economic
future and way of life. The Great Lakes
hold one fifth of the world’s fresh surface water and currently provide
drinking water to over 42 million people. Yet each day, our Lakes are
damaged economically and ecologically by untreated sewage, industrial
pollutants and invasive species. Sierra Club’s guide offers actions
to reduce these threats and contains specific strategies people can use to
protect the Lakes.
“While the Citizen’s Guide
outlines steps for governments to take, it also details ways in which
individuals can protect the Great Lakes
themselves,” said Melissa Damaschke, Sierra Club Great Lakes Program
Representative. “It details steps people can take in their own community,
such as building a rain garden to allow for the collection and filtration of
Club members across the Great Lakes region are
taking steps to protect this vital resource. Jeff Sytsma is a member of
Sierra Club’s Southeast Gateway Group in Wisconsin and he has
been leading the Group's efforts to install rain barrels in the Racine-Kenosha
area. Don Hughes and Italia Millan are active in the Auburn Hills, Michigan. They
don’t use any pesticides on their lawn in fear of it polluting the Clinton River
and ultimately polluting the Great Lakes.
Toronto, Canada Lino Grima collects rain
water in his rain barrels. In Webster,
New York Suku Menon installed a
low-flow toilet to save water and money. In Caledonia, Michigan
Craig Ressler and Sue Norman installed a front-loading washing machine that
saves them from using 7,000 gallons of water each year.
release kicks off a series of Sierra Club Great Lakes Program meetings and
activities that will be held in the region throughout the year to highlight
actions needed to protect and restore the Great Lakes.
detailed stories and Sierra Club’s “Citizen’s Guide to
Protecting the Great Lakes” can be found
Sierra Club Great
Avenue, Room 318
Phone: (313) 965-0055
we will keep the Great Lakes GREAT!