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GLIN==> Regional issues, opportunities to be featured at Great Lakes Day in Washington



Great Lakes Commission Media Advisory

For immediate release
March 9, 2001

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

Regional issues, opportunities to be featured at Great Lakes Day in 
Washington

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Great Lakes policymakers and opinion leaders will 
convene in Washington, D.C. on March 15 for their annual "Great Lakes Day" 
event.  Co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission and the 
Northeast-Midwest Institute, the day's activities will include a briefing 
and discussions on Great Lakes issues and strategies to restore the world's 
largest system of surface freshwater.

The day will begin with a Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast featuring 
presentations by co-chairs of the Senate and House Great Lakes Task Forces. 
 Slated to speak are Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Mike DeWine (R-OH) and 
Representatives Steven LaTourette (R-OH) and John Dingell (D-MI).  An 
issues briefing and dialogue with congressional staff and other interested 
parties will follow.  Among others, it will feature U.S. EPA and 
Environment Canada presentations on international obligations for Great 
Lakes protection, and a special session on emerging state/provincial 
efforts to address issues of Great Lakes water diversion, consumptive use 
and export.

The breakfast and issues briefing are open to the public.  All with a role 
or interest in Great Lakes issues are invited to join members of Congress 
and their staff at the breakfast.  Space is very limited at this time; 
interested parties should register immediately by completing and returning 
the registration form at http://www.glc.org/announce/01/Brkfstreg01.pdf. 
 There is a charge of $35 ($50 Canadian) in advance or $40 ($55 Canadian) 
at the door for the breakfast.  The fee will be waived for those with media 
credentials; however, everyone must preregister.   Agendas for the 
breakfast and issues briefing are available on the Great Lakes Commission's 
web site at http://www.glc.org/announce/01/3-01GLDay.html.

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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.

The Northeast-Midwest Institute is a Washington-based, private, nonprofit 
and nonpartisan research organization dedicated to economic vitality, 
environmental quality, and regional equity for Northeast and Midwest 
states.  Formed in the mid-1970s, it fulfills its mission by conducting 
research and analysis, developing and advancing innovative policy, 
providing evaluation of key federal programs, disseminating information, 
and highlighting sound economic and environmental technologies and 
practices.  It works closely with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and 
Senate coalitions and their Senate and House Great Lakes task forces.

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