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Great Lakes management proposal to be reviewed
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 at

Specific protective measures in the draft implementing agreements include:

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 St.

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 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.

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