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MEDIA ADVISORY: Great Lakes Regional Collaboration strategy to be released July 7 in Duluth

Release Date: 7/5/2005
Contact Information:

CONTACT: Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA107

CHICAGO (July 5, 2005) — The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration will announce its draft strategy to protect and restore the Great Lakes on July 7 in Duluth, Minn. The strategy is an action plan to address environmental problems in eight critical areas.In December 2004, the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration was formed as a result of an executive order signed by President Bush. It is a partnership of the federal government, states, tribes, local governments and other interested parties to work on Great Lakes environmental and natural resource issues.

Media outside Duluth may phone into a telephone news conference about the strategy at 2:30 p.m. (Central). The call-in number is (866) 299-3188, conference code 3123532073. The draft strategy will be available at around 1 p.m. (Central) on July 7.

Who: Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle; Mayors Herb Bergson of Duluth and David Ross of Superior, Wis.; Benjamin H. Grumbles, assistant administrator of Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water; John Woodley, assistant secretary of the Army for civil works; Frank Ettawageshik, chairman, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians; and Thomas Huntley, Minnesota State Rep. and Chairman Great Lakes Commission.

When: 1 p.m. (Central), Thursday, July 7

Where: The Rose Garden, Leif Erikson Park, 12th Ave. East and London Road, Duluth

Directions: Take I-35 North to the 21st Avenue East exit, turn left at the stoplights onto London Road. Travel west to 12th Avenue East. Off-street parking is available at the park.

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