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Meeting to focus on Great Lakes
Protection of basin will be topic of talks at Cheboygan County Building on Tuesday
By Erica Kolaski
Cheboygan Tribune
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 Web site.

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-ANNEX-2001@michigan.gov, or sent via postal mail to: Office of the Great Lakes, Constitution Hall - 6th Floor, P.O. Box 30473, 525 W. Allegan Street, Lansing MI 48909-7973.

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