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EPA and Regional Leaders to Announce October's Great Lakes Week

Release Date: 06/13/2011
Contact Information: Peter Cassell, 312-886-6234, cassell.peter@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 11-OPA051

CHICAGO – (June 13, 2011) On June 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other participating organizations will announce details of the first-ever Great Lakes Week scheduled for October 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The theme of Great Lakes Week is “Working Together, Taking Action” and will bring representatives of the U.S. and Canadian governments together with a broad coalition of public and private groups to highlight efforts to implement solutions for the lakes’ most pressing problems.

Great Lakes Week advances President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. The special week also gathers the annual meetings and conferences of various organizations in one place, making it one of the most wide-ranging Great Lakes summits in history.

WHO:
• Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator (Great Lakes).
• Lana Pollack, U.S. Section Chair, International Joint Commission.
• Jennifer Hill, Field Director, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.
• Dr. Carol J. Miller, Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University.

WHAT: EPA and participating organizations will host a conference call to provide details about Great Lakes Week in October.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. (Central Time), Wednesday, June 15.

To RSVP for the press call, reporters may contact Peter Cassell at cassell.peter@epa.gov.

To register for events during Great Lakes Week, please go to www.glri.us/glweek.html.

For more information on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, please visit www.glri.us.