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Great Lakes Restoration Planning Workshops
The Great Lakes Commission sponsored a series of workshops throughout the Great Lakes states in 2004 to solicit public input on the development and implementation of priorities for ecosystem restoration. The initiative is funded by the National Sea Grant Program and each workshop features a partnership between the state's Sea Grant Program, governor's office, relevant state agencies and the Great Lakes Commission. Participants will have an opportunity to review and discuss restoration priorities developed by the Council of Great Lakes Governors, and share additional thoughts and ideas relevant to their jurisdiction and the entire region. Workshop outcomes will be captured in proceedings documents and shared with Great Lakes leadership and the entire community of stakeholders in the interest of promoting consensus and unity of purpose in restoration and protection initiatives. Details and proceedings for the individual workshops are provided below.
Download the complete workshop series proceedings document: A Blueprint for the Future: Toward a Great Lakes Restoration Strategy (PDF, 1.6M)
Download the executive summary: Planning
and Implementing a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (PDF,
Workshops WI | MN | IL/IN | NY | PA | OH | MI
On behalf of the Council of Great Lakes Governors, we are pleased to invite you to participate in one of two half-day workshops being hosted by the Great Lakes Commission, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Coastal Management Program to discuss and develop restoration and protection priorities for Lake Michigan
If you have any questions, please contact Stephen C. Wittman at firstname.lastname@example.org
The public is invited to help develop and review Lake Superior restoration and conservation priorities at the Kirby Student Center Ballroom on the University of Duluth Campus from 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. on June 30. Specific workshop information and a detailed agenda will be posted soon. The outcome of the Minnesota workshop will be captured in proceedings documents with the other Great Lakes States and shared with Great Lakes leadership and the entire community of stakeholders in the interest of promoting consensus and unity of purpose in restoration and protection initiatives across all the Great Lakes states.
If you have any questions, please contact Diane Desotelle at email: email@example.com, phone: 218-728-1228
This meeting, to be held at Purdue University - Calumet, will feature brief presentations on the restoration priorities initiative, and on the state of the Great Lakes (with a focus on Illinois and Indiana). This will be followed by a facilitated, open forum for public comment and discussion. Again, all comments will be used by the Governors to inform their restoration and protection strategies.
There is no fee for the workshop, but we encourage you to register by contacting Pat Gable at 734-971-9135 or firstname.lastname@example.org by May 21. This is an open meeting, and we encourage you to share this information with all who may have an interest.
This event, to be held at the Holiday Inn at the Rochester Airport in Rochester, will bring together public and private stakeholders from along New York's Lake Erie and Lake Ontario shorelines to identify and refine lake-wide restoration needs and priorities and to help foster a collective vision to guide the process. Everyone who uses or is interested in New York’s Great Lakes resources is invited to attend the workshop.
Coastal Resources Specialist, NY Sea Grant
will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25,
2004 at the Waldron Center on Gannon University’s campus in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Policy makers and opinion leaders representing diverse sectors of Pennsylvania’s
Great Lakes community are invited. Plenary and breakout sessions will
provide opportunities for all voices to be heard. Workshop outcomes
will be forwarded to our Great Lakes governors, Congressional members,
and the larger Great Lakes community for guidance as restoration planning
efforts move forward. There is no charge for this event, and lunch will
be provided. However, you must register by contacting Pennsylvania Sea
Grant’s Lake Erie Coastal Outreach Specialist Sean Rafferty at (814)
898–6358 or via email at email@example.com
by Wednesday, February 18. Attendance is limited due to facility
capacity, and registrations will be accepted on a “first come, first
served” basis. For more information please visit Pennsylvania Sea Grant’s
Web site at www.pserie.psu.edu/seagrant/events4.html.
Pennsylvania Sea Grant
A series of public meetings is being held to solicit input in each of the Great Lakes states. The format of Ohio’s meeting has been designed to allow maximum opportunity to gain input from the public. Therefore, beyond brief introductory remarks, there will be no formal presentations. There will be a station for each of the nine priorities at which participants may ask questions and record their comments, as well as a tenth station for more general comments. Proceedings for this meeting are forthcoming.
Workshop Proceedings (PDF)
On September 17, 2003, approximately 100 stakeholders convened for a "restoration priorities" workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan, sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the Michigan Sea Grant College Program and the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes. Supported by the National Sea Grant College Program with additional assistance from the University of Michigan, the event elicited stakeholder advice on ecosystem restoration priorities and means to implement them. Outcomes will be shared with the region's governors and broader policy and stakeholder communities to inform and advance efforts for a large scale ecosystem restoration effort. The proceedings document (PDF) presents workshop outcomes in detail. Workshops in other Great Lakes states are in the planning stage.
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 formal Observer 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.