Great Lakes management proposal to
Port Clinton News Herald
Published August 19th, 2004
The first in a series of public meetings to discuss proposed
agreements to manage and protect waters of the Great Lakes
basin will be Thursday, Aug. 26 in Toledo.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation
with the University of Toledo College of Law, will host
two sessions, at 2 and 6 p.m. in the College of Law auditorium,
2801 Bancroft St., Toledo. ODNR officials will explain
the draft agreements, take questions and offer opportunities
for public comment.
On July 19, the eight Great Lakes governors and the premiers
of Ontario and Quebec announced a 90-day public review
period for agreements created to update the way the Great
Lakes and the waters of the Great Lakes basin are managed
and protected. The agreements will implement Annex 2001,
a supplementary agreement to the Great Lakes charter that
was adopted by the governors and premiers in June 2001.
The draft Annex implementing agreements are the result
of three years of effort by a state/provincial working
group to address Great Lakes Basin protection issues ranging
from water consumption to diversion. During the review
period that extends until Oct. 18, the draft agreements
are available for the public and all interested groups
to read and make comments. The draft documents are available
Specific protective measures in the draft implementing
A commitment that conservation and information programs
will be put in place and maintained in all the Great Lakes
states, Ontario and Quebec;
A commitment to use a uniform, resource-based decision
making standard in evaluating future proposals for new
or increased water uses;
A commitment to a collective decision making process
for future proposals for regionally significant new or
increased water uses; and
A requirement that all future new or increased diversions
and regionally significant water uses in the Great Lakes
Basin result in an improvement to the basin's ecosystem.
During the 90-day comment period, public meetings will
be held throughout the Great Lakes region to explain the
agreements and elicit public comment. Meetings scheduled
for Ohio include:
Thursday, Aug. 26 -- Toledo
University of Toledo College of Law auditorium 2801 Bancroft
2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 14 -- Ashtabula/Geneva Area
Ballroom - Geneva State Park Lodge and Conference Center
4888 Ohio 534, Geneva-on-the-Lake
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 21 - Akron/Cleveland Area
Brecksville Community Center One Community Drive, Brecksville
2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 22 - Norwalk/Sandusky Area
Huron County Department of Job & Family Services
185 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 23 - Findlay
ODNR Division of Wildlife District 2 Office
952 Lima Ave., Findlay
2 to 4 p.m.
Columbus - September date and location to be announced.
The public may also comment before Oct. 18 by writing
to Annex Comments, ODNR Division of water, 1939 Fountain
Square Court, Building E, Columbus, Ohio 43224 or by e-mail
to email@example.com Once the 90-day period
is complete and public comments have been taken into account,
the agreements will be refined and presented to the governors
and premiers for their final approval and signature.