Board gathers for December meeting in Ann Arbor

2006-board-gathersThe Great Lakes Commission Board of Directors gathered at Commission offices in Ann Arbor for their final meeting of the year on Dec. 14-15. Among other matters, the board reviewed the development of the Commission’s Strategic Plan, approved plans for the 2007 Great Lakes Day in Washington policy forum and identified the passage of legislation to protect the Great Lakes against invasive species as the Commission’s top legislative priority for 2007.

The board also approved plans to work with the navigation community and other stakeholders to find solutions to the invasive species problem, as well as a proposal to work with U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect and restore 200,000 acres of wetlands. Both would support goals identified by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration.

Board members and their designated representatives included, from left: Dan Eichinger, Alternate Commissioner, Michigan; Ken DeBeaussaert, delegation chair, Michigan; Michel Lafleur, delegation chair, Québec; Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry, chair, Great Lakes Commission; Todd Ambs, delegation chair, Wisconsin; Cathy Curran Myers, delegation chair, Pennsylvania; Kari Evans, delegation chair, Indiana; Alternate Commissioner Don Zelazny, New York; and Tim Eder, executive director, Great Lakes Commission.

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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.

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