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The State is Seeking Public Comment on a Plan to Protect, Restore Michigan's Great Lakes

October 8, 2008

In an effort to put in place an action plan to protect and restore the Great Lakes, Lt. Governor Cherry and the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes (OGL) are launching a series of public meetings to give citizens an opportunity to share their ideas and comment on the plan. The plan is entitled, "MI Great Lakes Plan: Our Path to Protect and Restore Michigan's Natural Treasures" and addresses such issues as discharges of pollutants, wetlands restoration, and sediment cleanup, among other topics.
We encourage you to take this opportunity to voice your views about the new regulations proposed under this plan.

The public meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • October 13, 2008 - in Marquette at Northern Michigan University's University Center
  • October 16, 2008 - in Clinton Township at Macomb Community College's Center Campus University Center
  • October 17, 2008 - in Grayling at the Grayling Township Hall
  • October 20, 2008 - in Detroit at the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments' office
  • October 21, 2008 - in Muskegon at Grand Valley State University's Annis Water Resources Institute
  • October 23, 2008 - in Saginaw at Saginaw Valley State University
  • October 27, 2008 - in Petoskey at North Central Michigan College's University Center
  • November 19, 2008 - in Kalamazoo at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

The draft plan seeks to create a Great Lakes system that stops new aquatic invasive species (AIS) from being introduced into Michigan waters, protects and restores fish and wildlife habitats, controls nonpoint source pollution, restores beneficial uses in areas of concerns, and protects public health from releases and exposure to toxic substances.

The Office of the Great Lakes will deliver a final report to Lt. Governor Cherry by the end of the year and begin work on implementing the recommendations.

For additional information regarding the public meetings or to obtain a copy of the draft plan, visit www.michigan.gov/deqgreatlakes and click on Protection and Restoration.

Written comments on the draft plan may be submitted on or before November 26, 2008 to the Office of the Great Lakes, DEQ, P.O. Box 30473-7973, Lansing, Michigan 48909; by fax at 517-335-4053; or by emailing DEQ-GreatLakesRestoration@michigan.gov.

For additional information on this developing state initiative, please contact Varnum attorneys Tim Lundgren, Matt Zimmerman, or Dave Preston.

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