Watch # 289
Great Lakes United
January 18-January 24, 2004
Mark Your Calendars! Great Lakes Unitedís Annual General
From Experience to Action
Lake Erie Dead Zone: Our line in the sand
June 4-6th, 2004
Please join us at this yearís Annual General Meeting to
take stock of Lake Erie, the regionís indicator lake,
plus share your own local experiences of change throughout
the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system. For more detailed
information, please contact the Bonnie Danni at the Great
Lakes United office, 716-886-0142 or email@example.com.
Please watch for registration materials in upcoming issues
of Habitat Watch.
Senator asks President to cut navigation study funding
This Wednesday, January 21st, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham
Clinton called on President Bush to abandon a U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers study that could lead to a costly and
environmentally harmful expansion of the St. Lawrence
Seaway. In a letter to the President, Senator Clinton
urged him to not request funding for the Great Lakes Navigation
System Review in his upcoming fiscal year Ď05 budget.
The Corps have already received $1.5 million in fiscal
year í03 and $2 million in fiscal year í04 for the current
phases of the study (see HW# 271 for more detail on the
current phase, a 30-month supplement to the reconnaissance
Sen. Clinton raised her concerns about this study last
year when she asked that funding be zeroed out because
she was concerned that the study was designed to expand
the Great Lakes navigation system and St. Lawrence Seaway.
When that attempt was unsuccessful, she urged that report
language be included specifying that the current phase
of the study be conducted in a balanced manner and that
it be limited to the existing configuration of the Great
Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway. The language was not adopted,
but the Corps has promised to do both things.
Clintonís action indicates her concerns have not been
alleviated despite the various manifestations of the Great
Lakes Navigation System review.
City of Hamilton compromises democracy in favor of an
From Lake Ontario Waterkeepers and Friends of Red Hill:
For everyone concerned about the proposed expressway that
the City of Hamilton is pushing through Red Hill Valley
(HW#286), the Hamilton Spectator reported on Thursday,
January 22nd, that the City has been employing a professional
lobbying firm since 1999 to lobby the provincial government
in favor of the Red Hill expressway. The City of Hamilton
is using taxpayer dollars to pay the lobby firmís rate
of $375 per hour. In the same article, the Parliamentary
Assistant to Minister of Environment Leona Dombrowsky,
who is still officially considering a review of the project,
said that the expressway project is "full steam ahead."
The Red Hill expressway is a hotly contested four-lane
municipal expressway project proposed through Kingís Forest
park, a designated Environmentally Significant Area.
The Lake Ontario Waterkeeper has responded to the recent
discoveries with two actions. The first action taken was
a Freedom of Information request for copies of records
relating to the Red Hill Creek Expressway. The second
action was a letter sent to Minister of the Environment
Leona Dombrowsky, reminding her of the Waterkeepers original
request for a review of the expressway approvals, drawing
attention to the City of Hamiltonís lobbying activities,
and asking if whether her parliamentary assistant was
making the official response of her Ministry on this project.
For more on the Lake Ontario Waterkeepers actions, as
well as a copy of the Hamilton Spectator article, check
under "Navigation LOK by location" pull up "Hamilton".
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Foundation and GLU coalition members. The task force is
committed to protecting natural areas, wildlife, and strong
conservation laws across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence
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