Great Lakes issues to take center stage

Great Lakes Day in Washington, March 2, 2005

Ann Arbor, Mich. – How will the Great Lakes fare in Congress this year? What is being done to harmonize Great Lakes priorities through the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Initiative? What perspectives do our regional, national and binational leaders have on Great Lakes restoration, protection and sustainable use?

Insights into these and other issues will be provided at Great Lakes Day in Washington, March 2, 2005. Members of Congress, state and regional leaders, senior officials and top aides will share their perspectives on the challenges facing the world’s greatest freshwater resource and what needs to be done to address them. Confirmed speakers include Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Toronto Mayor David Miller, and Benjamin Grumbles, U.S. EPA assistant administrator for water.

“Momentum on Great Lakes issues has been building over the past year, with a flurry of legislative and policy initiatives coming out of Washington and the Great Lakes region,” said Tom Huntley, chair of the Great Lakes Commission. “Great Lakes Day affords us an opportunity to take a closer look at these issues and to introduce our member states’ priorities for addressing them.”

Sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest Institute, this annual event provides a snapshot of where things stand in Great Lakes policymaking and a preview of what’s to come during the 2005 session of Congress. It will also feature the release of the Commission’s 2005 Great Lakes Program to Ensure Environmental and Economic Prosperity, with recommendations for federal legislation and appropriations based on the restoration priorities of the region’s governors and the member states of the Great Lakes Commission.

The day begins with the Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast, sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest Institute, and featuring presentations by members of Congress and regional leaders. Immediately following will be the Great Lakes Issues Briefing, sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission and featuring in-depth presentations by senior officials and top congressional aides. See the accompanying agendas or view them online at

Register now for this insider’s look at key Great Lakes issues! All events are open to the public; registration fees will be waived for members of the news media. For media registration, please call 734-971-9135 or use the online registration form at

For immediate release: March 2, 2005
Contact: Jon MacDonagh-Dumler,, office: 734-971-9135


The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Lt. Gov. John Cherry (Mich.), is an interstate compact agency established under state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and its residents. The Commission consists of governors’ appointees, state legislators, and agency officials from its eight member states. Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a “Declaration of Partnership.” The Commission maintains a formalObserver program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests. The Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Northeast-Midwest Institute is a Washington-based, private, non-profit, and non-partisan research organization dedicated to economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for Northeast and Midwest states. Formed in the mid-1970’s, it fulfills its mission by conducting research and analysis, developing and advancing innovative policy, providing evaluation of key federal programs, disseminating information, and highlighting sound economic and environmental technologies and practices. The Institute is unique among policy centers because of its ties to Congress through the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions. Co-chaired by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), and Reps. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), the bipartisan coalitions advance federal policies that enhance the region’s economy and environment.

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