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GLIN==> 2005 Great Lakes Program to Ensure Environmental and Economic Prosperity

For immediate release
March 2, 2005

The 2005 Great Lakes Program to Ensure Environmental and Economic Prosperity


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The Great Lakes Commission, acting on behalf of its eight member states,
urges Congress to embrace the nine goals presented within as a blueprint for
legislative and appropriations action in the 109th Congress. These goals,
accompanied by "high priority near-term actions," were coordinated with the
Council of Great Lakes Governors and subsequently endorsed by the
Commission's membership. They are accompanied by additional, critically
important actions supported by the Great Lakes Commission. These include
federal programs that have been authorized, yet inadequately (or never)
funded, as well as important "new start" initiatives. 

The time to act is now! Emerging consensus on regional priorities, coupled
with a wealth of existing plans and the work of the ongoing Great Lakes
Regional Collaboration, suggests a solid foundation for bold legislative and
appropriations initiatives in the first session of the 109th Congress. The
greatest system of fresh water on the face of the Earth deserves no less! 

Commission priorities for the 109th Congress, first session:

* Restore to environmental health the Areas of Concern identified by the
International Joint Commission as needing remediation 

* Stop the introduction and spread of non-native aquatic invasive species 

* Promote programs to protect human health against adverse effects of
pollution in the Great Lakes ecosystem
* Control pollution from diffuse sources into water, land and air 

* Enhance fish and wildlife by restoring and protecting habitats and coastal

* Continue to reduce the introduction of persistent bioaccumulative toxics
(PBTs) into the Great Lakes ecosystem 

* Ensure the sustainable use of our water resources while confirming that
the states retain authority over water use and diversions of Great Lakes

* Standardize and enhance the methods by which information is collected,
recorded and shared within the region 

* Adopt sustainable use practices that can protect environmental resources
and may enhance the recreational and commercial value of our Great Lakes 

The Great Lakes Program is officially being released today during Great
Lakes Day events on Capitol Hill. See http://www.glc.org/greatlakesday/ for
more information, or contact: Jon MacDonagh-Dumler, Great Lakes Commission,
734-971-9135, jonmacd@glc.org


The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Thomas Huntley (Minn.), is a
nonpartisan, binational compact agency established under state and U.S.
federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment
and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and its
residents. The Commission consists of state legislators, agency officials,
and governors' appointees from its eight member states. Associate membership
for Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a "Declaration
of Partnership." The Commission maintains a formal Observer program
involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational
agencies and other regional interests. The Commission offices are located in
Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

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