Multi-Billion-Dollar Great Lakes Plan
to be Released; Restoration Initiative to Target Sewage,
Pollution, Invasive Species; Question Remains: Will Funding
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
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
When: Thursday, July 7, 2005, 11 a.m. EST -- U.S. and
Canadian Journalists Dial: 1-800-791-2345 -- Conference
-- Tom Kiernan, president, National Parks Conservation
-- 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