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Multi-Billion-Dollar Great Lakes Plan to be Released; Restoration Initiative to Target Sewage, Pollution, Invasive Species; Question Remains: Will Funding Accompany Vision?
US Newswire
Published July 6, 2005

Contact: Nora Ferrell, 312-408-2580 ext. 24 or 773-510-4819 (cell), or Mike Truppa, 312-408-2580 ext. 11, both of Valerie Denney Communications, Jordan Lubetkin of the National Wildlife Federation, 734-904-1589

News Advisory:

What: After one of the most comprehensive and coordinated planning processes in the history of the region, federal and state leaders are gathering in Duluth, Minnesota, to release a draft plan to restore the Great Lakes.

The document is the result of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration, a U.S. EPA-led initiative charged by President Bush with restoring the Great Lakes.

During the briefing, Great Lakes advocates offer their input on the plan:

How does it deal with the problems that plague the Lakes-sewage overflows, pollution, invasive species and habitat destruction?

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the plan?

How much will the plan cost? Why is restoration needed now?

When: Thursday, July 7, 2005, 11 a.m. EST -- U.S. and Canadian Journalists Dial: 1-800-791-2345 -- Conference Code: 26987

Who:

-- Tom Kiernan, president, National Parks Conservation Association

-- Andy Buchsbaum, director, National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes office

Co-chairmen of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, representing millions of anglers, hunters and environmentalists from local, state, regional and national organizations.

Other coalition members will be available for comments and questions at the end of the call.

Join the call and participate in the Q & A.

Visit http://www.restorethelakes.org for more information on restoration and the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration's draft plan.

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