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GLIN==> Lake Michigan Restoration Workshops Scheduled



Lake Michigan Restoration Workshops Scheduled
August 17 and 18, 2004
Green Bay and Milwaukee
 
The public is invited to attend one of two Lake Michigan restoration and
protection priorities workshop scheduled for 12:30 - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday at
the KI Convention Center in Green Bay and 12:30 - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at the
Union Ballroom on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus.

Sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the workshops are designed to
obtain feedback and input from Wisconsin residents, businesses, and private
and public organizations on restoration and protection priorities developed
by the Council of Great Lakes Governors.  The workshops are being organized
and hosted by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute in partnership
with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the Wisconsin
Coastal Management Program in the Department of Administration.

Keynote speakers for the workshops include UW-Green Bay Emeritus Professor
Hallett "Bud" Harris and UW-Milwaukee Senior Scientist John Janssen.  Great
Lakes Commission President Michael Donahue and WDNR Great Lakes Office
Director Charles Ledin, representing the Council of Great Lakes Governors,
will provide overviews of the Great Lakes restoration and protection
initiative and the nine overarching priorities for it developed by the
council.

The proceedings of the workshops will be shared with the Great Lakes
community to help build consensus and unity among the eight Great Lakes
states for advocating for long-term, large-scale federal funding to protect
and restore the Great Lakes.
 
Congress is currently reviewing a number of bulls that may provide
significant funding for the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Commission has
been sponsoring similar workshops in every Great Lakes state this year to
solicit public input on the Great Lakes' most critical restoration and
conservation needs.  Funded by a grant from the National Sea Grant College
Program, the Great Lakes restoration initiative represents an unprecedented
partnership between the Great Lakes Commission and Great Lakes Sea Grant
programs, governor's offices and concerned state agencies.

For more information about the forum, contact Vicky Harris at the Sea Grant
office at UW-Green Bay, (920) 465-2795, or James Lubner at the Sea Grant
Office at UW-Milwaukee, (414) 227-3291.

Also, see the entire invitation and agenda at the Great Lakes Commission
website: http://www.glc.org/restwkshp/


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