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EPA ANNOUNCES PLANS TO PROTECT LAKES ERIE, MICHIGAN, AND SUPERIOR


      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environment Canada today
announced the release of comprehensive, binational plans to protect and restore
Lakes Erie, Michigan, and  Superior.    The  Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs)
address problems in the entire ecosystem of each lake, not just at polluted "hot
spots"?  The plans outline the environmental status of each lake, highlights
successes, identifies problems, and proposes solutions.   Because of  the
evolving nature of the lakes, the plans will be updated every two years.


     The release of the LaMPs coincides with the release of the Lake Ontario
Lakewide Management Plan Update and the Lake Huron Initiative Report.


     The plans were developed by EPA, Environment Canada, other Federal
agencies, and State, Provincial, local, and tribal governments, in partnership
with representatives of academia, environmental groups, industry, and business.


     The plans are essentially snapshots of what we know about each lake at this
time.  "It has become apparent that we cannot solely rely on  traditional
regulatory activities to solve the lakes? complex problems," said Regional
Administrator Francis X. Lyons.  "Effective solutions will require a broader
approach.  In fact, some activities will be accomplished more effectively at the
community level by private citizens and local governments, while others will
require international cooperation."


     The Great Lakes are one of the most outstanding natural resources in the
world.  They contain almost 20 percent of the fresh water on the planet and
provide drinking water to more than 25 million people in the United States and
Canada.  They are a shining example of  environmental protection at its best.
While there has been a dramatic reduction in pollutants entering the lakes over
the last 30 years, complex problems remain.


     Each lake has its unique concerns, but certain problems affect all the
lakes, such as contaminated sediments, exotic species, and  airborne pollutants.
Many of these problems originate outside the Great Lakes basin, such as
pesticides blown in from thousands of miles away and exotic species stowed away
in the ballast water of oceangoing ships.


      Proposed solutions are as broad and varied as the problems they are
attempting to solve. In addition to ongoing attempts to control critical
pollutants in waste water discharges and clean up local hot spots, they include
measures such as ballast water controls, use of new air pollution models to
identify emission sources, pesticide clean sweeps, control urban and
agricultural runoff, and promotion of private stewardship of the environment.


    The plans also identify the environmental consequences of shoreline
development, including loss of habitat, and loss of wetlands that help filter
pollutants in storm water runoff before they reach the lakes.


      The LaMPs were initiated as part of  the Great Lakes Water Quality
Agreement between the United States and Canada to restore and maintain water
quality in the Great Lakes.


       Executive summaries of the plans for Lakes Erie, Michigan, and Superior,
the  Lake Ontario Update, and the Lake Huron Initiative Report are available on
EPA?s Great Lakes 2000 Web site:  http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/gl2000/lamps.


            In the next several months, public meetings will be held throughout
the Great Lakes Basin to discuss the plans.


Media Contacts:


Phillippa Cannon, (312)   353-6218


Karen Thompson, (312)   353-8547





P.S. The binational Great Lakes 2000 Web site, http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/gl2000,
has been selected as GLIN's Site of the Month for May!


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