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AUGUST 31 DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS ON LAKE MICHIGAN RESTORATION AND PROTECTION PRIORITIES
MADISON (8/23/04) — Public feedback and comments on the Council of Great Lakes Governors’ list of priorities for Great Lakes restoration and protection will be accepted through Aug. 31, according to University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute officials.
“We’re pleased with the feedback we’ve received so far from 100-plus individuals who turned out for last week’s half-day workshops in Green Bay and Milwaukee,” said UW Sea Grant Director Anders Andren, “but we also want to hear from those who were unable to attend the workshops or perhaps hadn’t heard about them.”
For those with Web access, Andren said an online feedback form is available on the UW Sea Grant Web site at http://www.seagrant.wisc.edu/Feedback/Default.aspx?form=governors. Comments will also be accepted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to (608) 262-0591, or mail to the UW Sea Grant Institute, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1177.
Sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the workshops were held to obtain input from Wisconsin residents, businesses, and private and public organizations on nine restoration and protection priorities developed by the Great Lakes governors council last October.
“All comments received will be included, without attribution, in our report back to the commission,” Andren said.
He said the top three priorities for restoring and protecting Green Bay and Lake Michigan selected by participants at both of last week’s workshops were stopping the introduction and spread of non-native aquatic species; controlling water, land and air pollution from diffuse sources, and ensuring the sustainable use of water resources while confirming state authority over the use and diversions of Great Lakes waters. Participants at both workshops added a tenth priority, noting a strong need for classroom and public education on all Great Lakes protection and restoration issues.
The Great Lakes Commission will combine the comments from Wisconsin with those from the other Great Lakes states and share the results with the Council of Great Lakes Governors and the greater Great Lakes community to help build consensus and unity among the eight Great Lakes states for advocating for long-term, large-scale federal funding to restore and protect the Great Lakes, according to Andren.
Funded by a grant from the National Sea Grant College Program, the workshops were organized and hosted by the UW Sea Grant Institute in partnership with Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources and Coastal Management Program.
Conceived in 1966, Sea Grant is a national network of 30 university-based programs of research, outreach, and education dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of the United States’ coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes resources. The National Sea Grant Network is a partnership of participating coastal states, private industry, and the National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.