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GLIN==> Gov. Taft to address Great Lakes Commission
- Subject: GLIN==> Gov. Taft to address Great Lakes Commission
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- Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 15:14:27 -0400
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Gov. Taft, Congressman LaTourette are featured speakers
Great Lakes Commission to convene in Cleveland
Ann Arbor, Mich. – Ohio Gov. Bob Taft will be the keynote speaker
when policymakers and opinion leaders from throughout the binational Great
Lakes region convene in Cleveland Oct. 15 for the 2002 Annual Meeting of
the Great Lakes Commission.
Taft, who chairs the Council of Great Lakes Governors, will address the meeting
theme of “Building Partnerships for Restoration.” He’ll speak to the challenges
facing the Great Lakes and the governors' efforts toward a region-wide, consensus-based
effort to address those challenges.
“Our shared mission to restore and protect the Great Lakes has never been
more critical,” Taft said. “It's going to take a unified vision, and the
work of many parties, to identify and address our problems and take full
advantage of opportunities to fulfill this mission.”
Taft’s address, which will open the meeting, will precede a special session
that afternoon examining the various aspects of developing a Great Lakes
Restoration Plan and updating its progress. Featured speakers at the meeting
also include Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette, who will give the luncheon
Other meeting highlights include the release of the Commission’s interim
findings and recommendations for the development of a Water Resources Management
Decision Support System that can assist in evaluating water withdrawal proposals.
The development of such a system is called for in the Great Lakes Charter
Annex of 2001, signed by the Great Lakes governors and premiers.
The meeting will also examine the status and adequacy of U.S. and Canadian
federal Great Lakes programs, including reports by the U.S. General Accounting
Office and the Auditor General of Canada.
Commissioners will also consider adoption of policy positions addressing
reauthorization of the National Invasive Species Act; the new threat to the
Great Lakes ecosystem posed by the Asian Carp; beach closings and related
water quality issues; restoration planning in the binational Lake St. Clair/St.
Clair River watershed; and the development of a decision support system for
water resources management.
The Commission, a binational organization of the states and provinces, is
dedicated to promoting sound public policy on regional environmental protection,
resource management, transportation and sustainable development issues.
The meeting will be preceded by local tours and a reception on Oct. 14. All
meeting events are open to the public. For further information, see the attached
agenda or visit www.glc.org/meeting. Registration fees will be waived for
those with media credentials.
Register online at: https://www.glc.org/meeting
Contact: Mike Donahue
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 Québec 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.