Meeting to focus on Great Lakes
Protection of basin will be topic of talks at Cheboygan
County Building on Tuesday
By Erica Kolaski
Published August 30th, 2004
CHEBOYGAN - A meeting between the public and representatives
from the Council of Great Lakes Governors is set for Tuesday
to discuss the protection of Great Lakes waters.
Protection of the "Great Lakes Basin," a watershed
consisting of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River,
has been the goal of the Council for a number of years.
In 2001, an amendment to the Great Lakes Charter of 1985
called the Charter Annex, was developed to update the
Great Lakes regional water management system and insure
the Great Lakes are protected, conserved, restored, and
improved for future generations, according to the group's
The Annex states, "There has been significant progress
in restoring and improving the health of the ecosystem
of the Great Lakes Basin. However, the waters and water-dependent
natural resources of the Basin remain at risk of damage
from pollution, environmental disruptions, and unsustainable
water resource management practices."
The Council has developed a plan to achieve the goals
set forth in the Annex and is seeking public input on
specifics on how to protect the Basin.
A series of public meetings has been scheduled so the
public can offer opinion about changes to the Annex. At
2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Commissioner's Room at the Cheboygan
County Building, local residents can share their ideas
and opinions with Council representatives.
For more information, visit www.cglg.org or www.michigan.gov/annex2001process.
Written comments will be taken through Oct. 19. Formal
comments may be submitted at the public hearings, or through
e-mail to DEQ-ANNEXfirstname.lastname@example.org, or sent via postal
mail to: Office of the Great Lakes, Constitution Hall
- 6th Floor, P.O. Box 30473, 525 W. Allegan Street, Lansing