Discussion in 'Lake Erie' started by CaptMark, Jul 1, 2005.

  1. CaptMark

    CaptMark Retired Ohio Waterfowler Staff Member Moderator

    <P> <TABLE borderColor=#ffffff cellSpacing=1 width=600 align=center border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD vAlign=center bgColor=white> <DIV align=right>News Release<BR>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<BR></DIV></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=center bgColor=white><!-- #BeginEditable "NewsReleaseFORIM" --> <DIV align=right> <P align=right>June 30, 2005</P></DIV> <DIV align=center> <P align=center><B>TAFT ANNOUNCES STRENGTHENED DRAFT </B><B>OF GREAT LAKES PROTECTION AGREEMENTS<BR></B><I>Public comment sought on amendments made to earlier draft of water management proposals </I></P></DIV> <DIV align=left> <P><A href="" target=_blank><IMG height=199 alt="" src="" width=118 align=right border=0></A>COLUMBUS, OH - Governor Bob Taft, representing the eight Great Lakes governors and the premiers of Ontario and Quebec, announced a <A href="" target=_blank>60-day public review period for revised draft agreements</A> created to update the way the Great Lakes and the waters of the Great Lakes Basin are managed and protected. As co-chair of the Council of Great Lakes Governors, Taft has taken a leadership role in formulating the agreements, which when finalized will implement Annex 2001 to the Great Lakes Charter.</P> <P>"These proposed agreements are intended to ensure that future water use is environmentally sound and that conservation measures are in place to preserve this tremendous natural resource for future generations to enjoy," Taft said. "And thanks to the involvement of people from Ohio and throughout the Great Lakes region, we were able to improve on our original proposal to make these agreements more practical, workable and reasonable."</P> <P>The draft Annex Implementing Agreements are the result of four years of effort by a state/provincial Water Management Working Group to address Great Lakes Basin protection issues ranging from water consumption to diversion. During the review period that extends until August 29, the revised draft agreements will be available for the public and all interested groups to read and make comments. Draft documents are available at the <A href="" target=_blank>Ohio Department of Natural Resources website</A> and <A href="" target=_blank>Council of Great Lakes Governors</A> website.</P> <P>Public meetings will be held in mid-August at several sites in Ohio to explain the revised draft agreements and elicit public comment. Dates and locations will be announced later. The public may also comment by writing to Annex Comments, ODNR Division of Water, 2045 Morse Road, Bldg. E., Columbus, OH 43229 or by e-mail to <U><A href="mailto:[email protected]" target=_blank>[email protected]</A></U>. Once the 60-day review period is complete, a final document will be prepared for the governors’ and premiers’ review and consideration for signature later this year.</P></DIV><!-- #EndEditable --></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=center align=middle bgColor=white> <P>-30-</P> <P>For additional news online, check out the <A onfocus=if(this.blur)this.blur(); href="" target=_blank>ODNR Press Room</A> at</P></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=center align=right bgColor=white><!-- #BeginEditable "ForFurtherInform" --> <P>For Further Information Contact:<BR>Mark Rickel, Governor’s Press Secretary<BR>(614) 644-0957<BR>or<BR>Dave Pagnard, Department of Natural Resources<BR>(614) 265-6787</P> <DIV align=right></DIV><!-- #EndEditable --></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></P>
  2. 870kid

    870kid New Member

    <P>two thumbs up.....lets shut down the bottled water plants mining out groundwater right off the lakes and lets make sure we keep out water in the Great Lakes when the west goes dry.....if you think nobody out there isn't interested in taking our water or if the technology to do so doesn't exist you are WRONG!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>