Public input can help to protect
People concerned about the health and future of Lake
Erie have another opportunity to share their ideas and
knowledge with the decision-makers.
Gov. Bob Taft, the Council of Great Lakes Governors,
Ohio Sea Grant and the Great Lakes Commission are sponsoring
a meeting to discuss nine priorities for Great Lakes restoration
established by the governors of the eight Great Lakes
The public session is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m., Tuesday,
at Cuyahoga Community College, Building G-04, Rooms A
& B, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma.
It may be difficult for anyone to attend this meeting,
but the opportunity for input goes beyond attendance.
Written comments may be submitted to Rita Straith at
the Great Lakes Commission firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio EPA Director Christopher Jones chairs the Great
Lakes Priorities Project, which has identified nine priorities:
Ensure the sustainable use of our water resources while
confirming that the states retain authority over water
use and diversions of Great Lakes waters.
Promote programs to protect human health against adverse
effects of pollution in the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Control pollution from diffuse sources into water, land
Continue to reduce the introduction of persistent bioaccumulative
toxics into the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Stop the introduction and spread of non-native aquatic
invasive species enhance fish and wildlife by restoring
and protecting coastal wetlands, fish and wildlife habitats.
Restore to environmental health the areas of concern
identified by the International Joint Commission as needing
Standardize and enhance the methods by which information
is collected, recorded and shared within the region.
Adopt sustainable use practices that protect environmental
resources and may enhance the recreational and commercial
value of our Great Lakes.
Comments will be used to develop protection and restoration
strategies and to support passage of Great Lakes restoration
legislation in Congress.
As chairman of the Council of Great Lakes Governors,
Gov. Taft initiated the Great Lakes Priorities Project,
an effort among the region's governors to identify the
most important issues facing the Great Lakes and mobilize
resources to address them.
Taft calls the Great Lakes "an irreplaceable natural
resource, containing 20 percent of the world's fresh surface
The lakes serve as a source of drinking water, a recreational
venue, a wildlife habitat, a shipping corridor and a cornerstone
of the regional economy.
If you have something to say about them, don't hesitate.
You may hold the key to an even better future for our