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GLIN==> Proceedings available for Great Lakes Restoration public workshop series



Workshop series proceedings available at www.glc.org/restwkshp 

Stakeholders share their views on Great Lakes restoration

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Results of a series of stakeholder workshops gathering
public input on how to restore and protect the Great Lakes are now available
from the Great Lakes Commission.

The report, A Blueprint for the Future: Toward a Great Lakes Restoration
Strategy, summarizes the opinions and suggestions of more than 700
stakeholders who participated in a series of eight workshops hosted
throughout the Great Lakes states. Held from September 2003 to August 2004,
the workshops invited participants to react to a series of restoration
priorities developed by the Council of Great Lakes Governors and offer their
thoughts on putting them into action.

"As a region, we have a renewed drive to put ideas into action.  Leadership
and public participation are a powerful combination and these workshops
could not have come at a more important time," said Dave Naftzger, executive
director of the Council of Great Lakes Governors.  "Over the next several
months, the region's governors will continue to partner with other leaders
and the public to develop a broad-based strategy to protect and restore the
Great Lakes."

The workshops surveyed stakeholders on the major issues that they believe
need to be addressed through a basinwide restoration initiative and how new
or current programs might be coordinated to achieve this. The results are
being shared with Great Lakes leadership and the entire community of
stakeholders in the interest of promoting consensus and unity of purpose in
restoration and protection initiatives. 

Each workshop was carried out through a partnership between the Great Lakes
Commission, the host state's Sea Grant College Program, the Council of Great
Lakes Governors, relevant state agencies and numerous other partners, with
funding by the National Sea Grant College Program. 

The conclusion of the workshop series is well-timed to provide input
directly into the strategic planning exercises taking place under the Great
Lakes Regional Collaboration, which is using the Council of Great Lakes
Governors' priorities as a starting point. Workshop participants showed
enthusiastic support for the governors' priorities and provided a wealth of
specific ideas on how they might be implemented across the Great Lakes
region.

The newly released report includes the proceedings of each workshop and an
overview summarizing prominent outcomes from the workshop series. The report
is available 
online at www.glc.org/restwkshp ; print copies may be ordered from the Great
Lakes Commission for a nominal fee.  Additional restoration-related projects
of the Great Lakes Commission are available at www.glc.org/restoration/ .

Contact: Jon Dettling
Email: detting@glc.org	
Office: 734-971-9135

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