Coast Guard, partner agencies seek input to update Great Lakes Restoration Initiative action plan

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard, in coordination with the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, invites members of the public to provide input to a planned update of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

The meeting will be 6-8 p.m. EST on the 2nd floor of the Louis Stokes Annex of the Cleveland Public Library, 325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.

The updated action plan will direct Great Lakes restoration for fiscal years 2015-2019. The public may comment directly to the federal agencies and to the Great Lakes Advisory Board, a panel of experts established to provide recommendations to the federal agencies.

The meeting is the final one of six held in cities around the Great Lakes region.

“If you love the Great Lakes, these forums are a chance for you to help steer how we invest in their health,” said Cameron Davis, senior advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, who chairs the Task Force. Davis will facilitate the forum.

“Our goal is lakes that are drinkable, swimmable, fishable, navigable, usable, and sustainable,” said Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District. Parks will participate in the Coast Guard-hosted event.

In February 2010, the Task Force released the GLRI Action Plan for fiscal years 2010-2014. The Action Plan identified goals, objectives, measurable ecological targets, and specific actions to help rehabilitate the Great Lakes.

The Action Plan targets investments to reduce toxic contamination, rehabilitate fish and wildlife habitat, improve nearshore health, reduce nutrients and other land-based pollution, prevent invasive species, and promote accountability, education, and collaboration.

Please visit www.glri.us for updates or for more information on the GLRI.

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