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GLIN==> States, provinces set priorities for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region



For immediate release
October 26, 2000

Contact:  Michael J. Donahue
Phone:  734-665-9135
Fax:  734-665-4370
E-mail:  mdonahue@glc.org

States, provinces set priorities for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region
Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting

Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Great Lakes Commission, acting at its recent annual 
meeting in Hamilton, Ontario, has adopted a bold new strategy to advance 
environmental protection and resource management efforts in the Great 
Lakes-St. Lawrence region.  Delegates from the eight Great Lakes states, as 
well as Ontario and Quebec, convened to discuss and act on a series of 
policy positions and new initiatives that will advance state and provincial 
priorities for the region.

"Four themes emerged that collectively form this strategy," explains 
Nathaniel E. Robinson, newly elected chair of the Commission.  "The 
Commission has committed to expanding our regional advocacy role, our 
partnerships within the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence community, our decision 
support services, and our suite of specific projects."  Among other 
actions, the Commission will:

.	establish a new advocacy staff position and associated strategy to 
advance its priority needs within the 107th Congress;
.	explore opportunities for meaningful partnership with the region's First 
Nations and tribal authorities;
.	develop a binational data and information management policy to support 
decisionmaking processes on a range of environmental protection and 
resource management issues; and
.	initiate projects that include a binational Lake St. Clair Management 
Initiative and a monitoring network for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence 
system.

Actions at the meeting, attended by more than 120 representatives from the 
public, private and citizen sectors, complement some 50 ongoing projects 
and activities that respond to elements of the Commission's five-year 
Strategic Plan adopted earlier this year.  Details, including all 
resolutions adopted at the annual meeting, are available at the Great Lakes 
Commission web site: www.glc.org.

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The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Nathaniel E. Robinson (Wisconsin), 
is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by state and U.S. 
federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy 
environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence 
region and its residents.  The Commission consists of state legislators, 
agency officials and governors' appointees from its eight member states. 
 Associate membership for Ontario and Quebec was established through the 
signing of a "Declaration of Partnership."  The Commission maintains a 
formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, 
tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests.  The 
Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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