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Draft Great Lakes Strategy of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

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Environmental Protection Agency.


Notice of availability, public meetings and the opportunity to comment.


Pursuant to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1972, as amended in 1987, federal, state and tribal partners have drafted a new Great Lakes Strategy (The Strategy). The Strategy is a concise, high-level statement of basin wide priorities and activities, reflecting the current state of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem and key environmental goals for the future, so that a unified approach to implementation can be carried out by a diverse set of federal, state, and tribal agencies.

The Strategy presents Great Lakes basin issues under four broad categories: (1) Chemical Integrity: Reducing and Eliminating the Threat of Toxic Pollution and Excess Nutrients, (2) Physical Integrity: Improving Land Use, Water Quantity Management, and Habitat Protection, (3) Biological Integrity: Protecting Human Health and the Ecosystem's Species, and (4) Working Together: Effectively Coordinating Programs and Resources to Ensure The Great Lakes are Protected and Restored.


A draft of the Strategy will be made available to the public by June 1, 2001.

Comment Period: Comments on the Strategy must be submitted no later than July 31, 2001.

Public Meetings: Public Meetings on the Strategy will be held on the dates and at the locations listed below:

Monday, June 25, 2001

Location: Duluth, MN, MPCA Duluth Office, 525 Lake Avenue South, Suite 400, Duluth, MN 55802

Time: 3 p.m.-8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Location: Detroit, MI,

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, 535 Griswold Street, Suite 300, Detroit, MI 48226

Time: 3 p.m.-8 p.m.

Thursday, June 28, 2001 Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY 14109, Dunleavy Hall, Rm 127.

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Monday, July 2, 2001

Location: Chicago, IL, USEPA, Region 5, 77 W. Jackson Blvd (Lake Michigan Conference Room), Chicago, IL 60604

Time: 12 p.m.-5.p.m.


The Strategy can be found on the internet at the following address:​glnpo/​. Commenters may transmit their comments electronically by following the directions provided on the web site, or may send written comments to Ted Smith at the following address: U.S. EPA, Great Lakes National Program Office, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, G-17J, Chicago, Illinois, 60604. Comments may also be sent to Mr. Smith via facsimile at (312) 353-2018, or by e-mail

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Ted Smith, EPA-GLNPO, G-17J, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604 (312-353-6571/

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Dated: May 23, 2001.

Gary Gulezian,

Great Lakes National Program Director.

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[FR Doc. 01-14081 Filed 6-04-01; 8:45 am]