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Great Lakes regional collaboration sets public meetings on strategy

Release Date: 7/22/2005
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CONTACT: Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA122

CHICAGO (July 22, 2005) — The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration has announced the locations of six public meetings to hear comments on its recently announced draft strategy and to receive input on priority actions to restore the Great Lakes. The Draft Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes was released for a 60-day public comment period on July 7. The strategy may be reviewed on the collaboration's Web site Exit EPA disclaimer.

The scheduled meetings are:

July 28 -Gary, Ind. Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 North Grand Boulevard
Aug. 1 - Grand Rapids, Mich. Grand Valley State University Loosemore Auditorium
Aug. 4 - Superior, Wis. (location to be announced)
Aug. 18 -Detroit, Mich. Cobo Hall, Room W262, Riverfront Entrance
Aug. 23- Cleveland, Ohio (location to be announced)
Aug. 30- Buffalo, N.Y. (location to be announced)

All of the meetings will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time. Locations for each meeting will be posted on the collaboration's Web site as they become final.Although each meeting will provide an opportunity for oral comments on the strategy, only written comments will be considered.

Written comments may be submitted in three ways: offered at one of the public meetings, submitted via the Web site, or mailed to: Comments Great Lakes Regional Collaboration, c/o U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes National Program Office, 77 W. Jackson Blvd. (G-17J), Chicago, IL 60604-3511 The deadline for comments is Sept. 9, 2005.
For more information contact Nancy Guiden, EPA, at (312) 353-5006, or David Ullrich, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Northeast Midwest Institute, at (312) 201-4516,

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