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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact:
Anne Brasie

April 1, 2003
231-935-1514

 PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT IN DEVELOPMENT OF WATERSHED PROTECTION PLAN


TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay is in the middle
of a two-year, $250,000 project to develop a comprehensive Watershed
Protection Plan for Grand Traverse Bay and its 975 square mile watershed.

            As part of the planning process The Watershed Center is seeking
input from area citizens regarding opinions, issues and concerns they have
about water quality and the environmental health of our area.  A series of
four meetings are planned throughout the month of April:

Tuesday, April 8                        The Kaliseum, 1900 Fairgrounds Road
Kalkaska                                    6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 10                        Helena Township Hall/Community
Center
Alden                                          6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22                        Suttons Bay Public Library, 416
Front Street Suttons Bay                                 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 28                        Traverse Area District Library
Traverse City                              610 Woodmere Avenue
                                                  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

            We encourage all interested area residents to attend these
meetings.  There will be a brief presentation, followed by a question and
answer period.  Participants will be asked to fill out a short, informal
survey as part of the process.

            The results of these meetings will be used to help the project
steering committee develop goals and priorities from protecting our area’s
abundant and high quality waters.

            The protection plan will be completed by December 2003.  More
detailed information regarding the plan can found at The Watershed Center’s
website at www.gtbay.org.  The plan is being developed with funding from the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administered by the Michigan Department
of Environmental Quality.  Contracted project partners include the Land
Information Access Association, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments,
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Leelanau Conservancy, Peninsula
Township, Conservation Resource Alliance and the Grand Traverse Regional
Math, Science and Technology Center.  Other participants include Garfield
Township, the City of Traverse City, the Grand Traverse County Drain
Commissioner, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and many
others.

            For more information, contact The Watershed Center at
231/935-1514.

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