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EPA Releases Great Lakes Task Force Report to the White House

Release Date: 10/28/2005
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Contact: Eryn Witcher, 202-564-4355 /

(10/28/05) EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson today signed and sent to the White House the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force report highlighting activities accomplished by the task force since its creation by President Bush in May 2004.

The report details task force successes including the construction of the dispersal barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to help prevent the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species into the Great Lakes, and implementation of the Great Lakes Legacy Act to accelerate remediation of contaminated sediments in the lakes. The report also outlines the Task Force's involvement in the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration and that partnership's efforts to develop a strategy for protecting and restoring the Great Lakes.

In addition, the report provides an inventory of federal programs and resources that demonstrate the broad scope of the federal government's involvement in the Great Lakes region.

The task force, under the lead of EPA, brings together 10 agency and Cabinet officers to provide strategic direction on federal Great Lakes policy, priorities and programs. The 10 agencies together administer more than 140 different federal programs that help fund and implement environmental restoration and management activities in the Great Lakes basin.

For more information about the task force, see: