Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sierra Club Citizen’s Guide to Protecting The Great Lakes

Jul 8: The Sierra Club Great Lakes Program released its Citizen’s Guide to Protecting the Great Lakes. The guide identifies Great Lakes problems and solutions that individuals can implement to protect the Lakes. It also highlights the major policy changes that state and Federal governments need to make to ensure that future generations.

According to an announcement, the Guide was inspired by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy (GLRCS) -- the comprehensive regional plan to protect our drinking water, economic future and way of life. The Great Lakes hold one fifth of the world’s fresh surface water and currently provide drinking water to over 42 million people. Each day, "the Lakes are damaged economically and ecologically by untreated sewage, industrial pollutants and invasive species." The Guide offers actions to reduce the threats and contains specific strategies that can be used to protect the Lakes. The release kicks off a series of Sierra Club Great Lakes Program meetings and activities that will be held in the region throughout the year to highlight actions needed to protect and restore the Great Lakes.

Access a release from Sierra Club (click here). Access the Guide (click here). Access the Great Lakes Program website for related information (click here).