Protection and Restoration of the
The Council of Great Lakes Governors
today released nine priorities for the protection and restoration of the
The priorities were included in a letter
to the sponsors of S. 1398, the Great Lakes Environmental Restoration Act, and
H.R. 2720, the Great Lakes Restoration Financing Act. The Great Lakes Governors praised Congressional
sponsors and cosponsors for introducing legislation to address ongoing threats
"We applaud the strong bi-partisan
commitment in Congress to restore and protect the
The Council of Great Lakes Governors agreed that these priorities
· Ensure the sustainable use
of our water resources while confirming that the States retain authority over
water use and diversions of
· Promote programs to protect
human health against adverse effects of pollution in the
· Control pollution from diffuse sources into water, land and air.
· Continue to reduce the
introduction of persistent bioaccumulative toxics into the
· Stop the introduction and spread of non-native aquatic invasive species.
· Enhance fish and wildlife by restoring and protecting coastal wetlands, fish and wildlife habitats.
· Restore to environmental health the Areas of Concern identified by the International Joint Commission as needing remediation.
· Standardize and enhance the methods by which information is collected, recorded and shared within the region.
· Adopt sustainable use
practices that protect environmental resources and may enhance the recreational
and commercial value of our
The Great Lakes Governors also committed to working with local
governments, Canadian provinces, and other stakeholder organizations on a
coordinated approach to safeguarding the