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GLIN==> Lake Michigan Restoration Workshops Tuesday in Green Bay and Wednesday in Milwaukee



NEWS RELEASE

For More Information:  Stephen Wittman, UW Sea Grant Communications Coordinator, (608) 263-5371

            Victoria Harris, Sea Grant Advisory Services Specialist, UW-Green Bay, (715) 394-8472

            James Lubner, Sea Grant Advisory Services Specialist, UW-Milwaukee, (414) 227-3291

           

Lake Michigan Restoration Workshops Scheduled

 

            MADISON (8/13/04) — The public is invited to attend one of two Lake Michigan restoration and protection priorities workshops scheduled for 12:30-5 p.m. Tuesday at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay and 12:30-5 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 nine restoration and protection priorities for Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes developed last October 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 Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources and Coastal Management Program.

            “The Great Lakes are a unique global freshwater resource as well as the economic cornerstone of this region of the United States,” said UW Sea Grant Director Anders Andren. “We have a special responsibility to preserve and protect this treasure for our children and their children’s children.”

            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 these workshops will be shared with the greater 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 restore and protect the Great Lakes, according to Donahue.

            Congress is currently reviewing a number of bills 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 attending the workshops, contact Victoria Harris at the Sea Grant office at UW-Green Bay, (715) 394-8472, or James Lubner at the Sea Grant office at UW-Milwaukee, (414) 227-3291.

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Conceived in 1966, Sea Grant is a national network of 30 university-based programs of research, outreach, and education dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of the United States’ coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes resources.  The National Sea Grant Network is a partnership of participating coastal states, private industry, and the National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

www.seagrant.wisc.edu

 

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Posted Monday, August 16, 2004, by:

Stephen Wittman, Communications Coordinator

University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center

Sea Grant Institute * Water Resources Institute

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