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Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy
Securing a strong Great Lakes restoration plan has been a top priority for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. Through the work of the Coalition, its members and partners throughout the region, the nation has a solid Great Lakes restoration action plan that addresses the most urgent threat to the Lakes–the “Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes.”
In 2004, the Bush Administration issued an executive order to design a strategy to protect and restore the Great Lakes. In 2005, more than 1,500 citizens, business representatives, scientists, public officials, tribal leaders, state and federal agencies and conservationists crafted a comprehensive restoration plan, “Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes.”
The strategy called for an infusion of $20 billion from federal and state governments to restore the Lakes by stopping sewage overflows, reducing non-point source pollution, restoring wetlands and other habitat, and cleaning up toxic pollution. The strategy also called for the enactment of new federal policies to curb the introduction of harmful aquatic invasive species.
The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition joined the region’s mayors, governors, tribes, chambers of commerce, industry and advocacy groups in supporting the strategy. The region remains united around Great Lakes restoration.
• “Great Lakes Regional Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes”