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GLC Legislative and Appropriations Priorities for 106th Congress



Complete text of the Great Lakes Commission's "Legislative and
Appropriations Priorities for the 106th Congress, First Session" is at
http://www.glc.org/projects/congress/strategy/approp99.html
Also available as a PDF at
http://www.glc.org/projects/congress/strategy/approp99.pdf

To request a hard copy of this document, contact the Great Lakes
Commission at 734-665-9135.

Attached below is the letter that accompanied the Legislative and
Appropriations Strategy. This was sent to all members of the Great Lakes
Congressional Delegation on April 9, 1999. The strategy will provide the
basis for the Commission's advocacy efforts over the course of the 106th
Congress.


Dear ----,

The five Great Lakes, their connecting channels and the St. Lawrence
River comprise the
greatest freshwater system on the face of the earth.  This precious and
irreplaceable
resource is a regional, national and global treasure of profound
importance to tens of
millions of Americans.  Its informed use, management and protection is
vital for
maintaining a strong economy and healthy environment within the Great
Lakes region and
beyond.

The Great Lakes Commission, an eight state compact agency founded in
state and federal
law, has a responsibility to ensure that a strong federal/state
partnership exists to provide
for the sustainable use and development of the natural resources of the
Great Lakes Basin.
This month, through formal action of our eight-state members, the
Commission adopted
a series of legislative and appropriations priorities for your
consideration during the first
session of the 106th Congress.

Attached is a descriptive listing of key priorities for the Great Lakes
Commission. Addressing these priorities is critical to ensure that:

---The historic federal role in Great Lakes research and management—as
recognized in U.S. law—is fulfilled;

---Federally mandated management programs are adequately funded to meet
critical, Congressionally established goals;

---Treaty, convention and agreement obligations with Canada are met;

---Baseline research necessary for informed public policy decisions is
maintained; and

---An environmental and transportation infrastructure exists to meet
current and future needs.

With regard to the Great Lakes-related laws and programs identified
within, you will note
that they all represent an investment in the sustainable use and
development of this great
resource for the millions who depend upon it in some way.  The return on
this modest
investment is substantial, whether it be measured in maritime
transportation, economic
development, human and ecosystem health, or environmental quality in
general.

In reviewing the attached priorities, we also urge you to consider the
recommendations of our individual member states, and the House and
Senate Great Lakes Task Forces, relative to appropriations and
legislative items not explicitly identified in this letter.

Your continued leadership and recognition of the national and
international prominence of the Great Lakes Basin is very much
appreciated.  The eight Great Lakes states, through the Great Lakes
Commission, urge you to embrace these recommendations as you move
forward with legislative and appropriations efforts.

Should you have questions, I invite you to contact Dr. Michael J.
Donahue, Commission Executive Director, at 734-665-9135.

Sincerely,

Irene B. Brooks
Chair, Great Lakes Commission