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GLIN==> Annex 2001: public meetings in Ohio



News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  August 11, 2004

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/news/aug04/0811watermtg.htm


PUBLIC MEETINGS SET FOR AUGUST 26 IN TOLEDO TO DISCUSS DRAFT AGREEMENTS
FOR PROTECTION OF GREAT LAKES WATERS

Comments sought on water management proposals by the Great Lakes states
and provinces


COLUMBUS, OH - The first in a series of public meetings to discuss
proposed agreements to manage and protect waters of the Great Lakes
basin will be held in Toledo on Thursday, August 26.   The Ohio
Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in cooperation with the
University of Toledo College of Law, will host two sessions, at 2 p.m.
and 6 p.m. in the College of Law Auditorium, Towerview Blvd. at Campus
Road (off Secor Road).   ODNR officials will explain the draft
agreements, take questions and offer opportunities for public comment.

On July 19, the eight Great Lakes governors and the premiers of Ontario
and Quebec announced a 90-day public review period for agreements
created to update the way the Great Lakes and the waters of the Great
Lakes basin are managed and protected.  The agreements will implement
Annex 2001, a supplementary agreement to the Great Lakes Charter that
was adopted by the governors and premiers in June 2001.

The draft Annex implementing agreements are the result of three years of
effort by a state/provincial working group to address Great Lakes Basin
protection issues ranging from water consumption to diversion.  During
the review period that extends until October 18, the draft agreements
are available for the public and all interested groups to read and make
comments.  The draft documents are available at www.ohiodnr.com.

Specific protective measures in the draft implementing agreements include:

              A commitment that conservation and information programs
will be put in place and maintained in all the Great Lakes states,
Ontario and Quebec;

              A commitment to use a uniform, resource-based decision
making standard in evaluating future proposals for new or increased
water uses;

              A commitment to a collective decision making process for
future proposals for regionally significant new or increased water uses; and

               A requirement that all future new or increased
diversions and regionally significant water uses in the Great Lakes
Basin result in an improvement to the basin's ecosystem. For More
Information Contact Dave Pagnard, ODNR Communications (614) 265-6787.


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