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GLIN==> USEPA holds public meetings to discuss Great Lakes goals



CONTACT: Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218 cannon.phillippa@epa.gov

For Immediate Release No. 01-OPA083

EPA HOLDS PUBLIC MEETINGS TO DISCUSS GREAT LAKES GOALS

CHICAGO (June 6, 2001) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes 
National Program Office will hold meetings in Illinois, Michigan, 
Minnesota and New York during June and July to discuss and listen to 
public comments on a proposed strategy for the Great Lakes.  The strategy 
sets out basin-wide goals, and activities to achieve them, agreed upon by 
federal, state, local and tribal agencies working on Great Lakes issues. 

"The problems affecting the Great Lakes are complex and no single agency 
can solve them alone," said David A. Ullrich, acting Great Lakes National 
Program manager.  "Agencies at all levels of government will work together 
so that someday it will be completely safe to swim, drink the water and 
eat the fish in all parts of the Great Lakes."

Among the priorities identified in the strategy are contaminated 
sediments, invasive species, loss of habitat and fish consumption 
advisories.  EPA expects the strategy to become final in September 2001 
after public comments have been reviewed.  The strategy can be reviewed at 
<http://www.epa.gov/glnpo.> 

The meetings will be held on the following dates:

June 25 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 525 Lake Avenue South, Suite 
400, Duluth, Minn.  3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 27 Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, 535 Griswold Street, 
Suite 300, Detroit, Mich. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 28 Niagara University, Dunleavy Hall, Room 127, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 3 
p.m. to 8 p.m.

July 2  U.S. EPA Region 5, Lake Michigan Conference Room, 12th floor, 77 
West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Ill. Noon to 5 p.m.

The Great Lakes form the largest body of fresh water in the world, 
supplying drinking water to more than 30 million people.  They have 10,000 
miles of shoreline extending across eight U.S. states, two Canadian 
provinces and 600 beaches on the U.S. shores. 

EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office was established in 1978 to work 
solely on Great Lakes protection issues. 
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