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GLIN==> Freshwater Spills Information Clearinghouse



The Great Lakes Commission, in concert with the Great Lakes Spill
Protection Initiative
(GLSPI) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Great Lakes
National Program
Office (GLNPO), has developed the Freshwater Spills Information
Clearinghouse (FSIC) web
site (www.freshwaterspills.net).

The web site serves as point of entry for users searching for freshwater
planning and response information, research data and abstracts,
education and outreach materials, emerging response and prevention
technologies, pertinent geographic information system (GIS) data, and
organizational links.  In addition, the web site has been proposed as
the central repository for U.S. EPA's and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) "small science" programs.  The
FSIC was developed to address the freshwater planning, response and
research community's need to centralize data and resource information
currently housed in fragmented locations.  Its growth depends upon the
interaction of the
oil/freshwater community, the willingness and ability to post historic
and current information
electronically, and acceptance of the need to build a minimal foundation
of research and data and
then expand that knowledge base.  It is intended that by identifying
research and freshwater-
specific spills processes, users of the web site will further dialogue
and hard science.

The GLSPI was launched in May 1992 in Cleveland, Ohio by the Governors
of the Great
Lakes States and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Amoco Oil Company,
BP America,
Marathon Oil Company, Mobil Oil Corporation, Sun Oil Company, and Total
Petroleum.  The
goal of GLSPI is to ensure that the Great Lakes watershed is
well-protected against
environmental damage from crude oil and petroleum product spills.  In
establishing GLSPI, the
CEOs and the Governors recognized that protecting the Great Lakes and
all freshwater from oil spills means assuring adequate response
capabilities, continued outreach and education to the oil handling
community, as well as investment in spill prevention practices.

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