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

To Our Friends in the Great Lakes Community,

We are pleased to present a "working draft" of a compilation of federal 
legislative and appropriations priorities that would help secure a clean 
environment, strong economy and high quality of life for residents of 
the eight state Great Lakes region.

 >> Read the entire Great Lakes Program to Ensure Environmental and 
Economic Prosperity (pdf): 
http://www.glc.org/announce/01/3-01glprogram.pdf <<

 >> Read remarks by G. Tracy Mehan, III, (Chair, Michigan Delegation to 
the Great Lakes Commission) at the Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast, 
March 15, 2001: http://www.glc.org/announce/01/3-01tracymehan.html <<

We emphasize that this draft statement is a "work in progress" and is 
intended to be a contribution to broader efforts to secure region-wide 
consensus as a large-scale legislative/appropriations package is 
developed. Toward that end, we applaud an emerging effort through the 
Great Lakes governors and Great Lakes Congressional Task Force to do 
just that, and we pledge our support to a mutual consensus.

This statement offers several themes (and associated priority actions) 
that could be pursued in this and future years. These themes include 
cleaning up toxic hot spots; shutting the door on invasive species; 
controlling nonpoint source pollution; restoring and conserving wetlands 
and critical coastal habitat; ensuring the sustainable use of our water 
resources; strengthening our decision support capability; and enhancing 
the commercial and recreational value of our waterways.

We believe that it is our charge to ensure environmental and economic 
prosperity for the Great Lakes; the greatest freshwater resource on the 
face of the earth deserves no less.

The Great Lakes Commission appreciates your consideration of this 
statement and welcomes the opportunity to work with you on mutual 
interests, and on a broader statement of regional consensus. Please also 
let us know how we can further support and assist you in your efforts. 
We welcome a call, and invite you to contact your state delegation chair 
(see below) or Commission staff at 734-665-9135.

Nathaniel E. Robinson, Chairman of the Board (and Chair, Wisconsin 
Delegation), 608-266-7257

Samuel W. Speck, Vice Chair, (and Chair, Ohio Delegation), 614-265-6565

Irene Brooks, Chair, Pennsylvania Delegation, 717-772-4785

Frank Kudrna, Chair, Illinois Delegation, 630-969-3060

Larry Macklin, Chair, Indiana Delegation, 317-232-4020

G. Tracy Mehan III, Chair, Michigan Delegation, 517-335-4056

Thomas Huntley, Chair, Minnesota Delegation, 651-296-2228

Gerald Mikol, Alternate Commissioner, New York Delegation, 716-851-7200

The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Nathaniel E. Robinson 
(Wisconsin), is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by 
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 Quebec 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.
The full text of this announcement and related documents are online at 

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