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Plans to protect five Great Lakes now available

Release Date: 04/24/2008
Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, 312-353-6218,

No. 08-OPA075

CHICAGO (April 24, 2008) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada and their partners have issued the 2008 biennial plans on each of the five Great Lakes. These comprehensive, environmental plans provide lake-by-lake details on the steps needed to ensure protection, restoration and environmental maintenance of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario.

The Lakewide Management Plans outline the environmental status of each lake, highlight successes, identify problems and propose solutions. The plans are called for by the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes. They are collaborative efforts of the state, federal, tribal and provincial governments, and organizations with an interest in the lakes.

The 2008 Lakewide Management Plans may be found on EPA's web site:

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