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GLIN==> LaMP 2006 Updates Now Online



The U.S. EPA announced the release of biennial status reports on each of
the five Great Lakes today. These comprehensive, binational
environmental plans provide lake-by-lake details on the steps needed to
ensure protection, restoration and environmental maintenance of Lakes
Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario.  The Lakewide Management
Plans (LaMPs) for lakes Superior, Michigan, Erie and Ontario, and the
Lake Huron Binational Partnership for Lake Huron, outline the
environmental status of each lake, highlight successes, identify
problems, and propose solutions. The LaMPs, a requirement of the Great
Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada to
restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of
the Great Lakes, are collaborative efforts of the state, federal, tribal
and provincial governments, and stakeholder organizations.

The LaMPs address such issues as toxic pollutants, pathogens,
fragmentation and destruction of terrestrial, wildlife and aquatic
habitats, uncontrolled runoff and erosion, aquatic and terrestrial
invasive species, and economic/environmental sustainability. They
recommend priority actions and projects and address such new issues as
emerging chemicals and the fast pace of land use change.

The LaMPs also prioritize projects and programs that will advance some
of the recommendations of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration
Strategy. The Strategy, developed by stakeholders pursuant to a 2005
Presidential Executive Order, offers basin-wide recommendations to
reduce toxic substances, restore habitat and wetlands and prevent
aquatics nuisance species.

Each lake has its unique concerns, but certain problems affect all the
lakes, such as contaminated sediments, exotic species, and airborne
pollutants. Many of these problems originate outside the Great Lakes
basin, such as pesticides blown in from thousands of miles away and
exotic species stowed away in the ballast water of oceangoing ships.

Proposed solutions are as broad and varied as the problems they are
attempting to solve. In addition to ongoing attempts to control critical
pollutants in waste water discharges and clean up local hot spots, they
include measures such as ballast water controls, use of new air
pollution models to identify emission sources, pesticide clean sweeps,
control urban and agricultural runoff, and promotion of private
stewardship of the environment.

The plans also identify the environmental consequences of shoreline
development, including loss of habitat, and loss of wetlands that help
filter pollutants in storm water runoff before they reach the lakes.

The LaMPs may be found on EPA's web site at:
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/gl2000/lamps/index.html

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