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Great Lakes Stormwater Workshop August 10, 2006
The purpose of this email is to provide information and results of our one day workshop to address stormwater runoff issues in the Great Lakes region. FHWA convened a one-day workshop on August 10, 2006 in Cleveland, Ohio, to discuss stormwater issues in the Great Lakes region. This workshop originated with a commitment made by FHWA to the Office of the Secretary of DOT and EPA as a result of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration meeting in mid-December.
The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration was initiated by Executive Order 13340, issued in May 2004. This order acknowledged the national significance of the Great Lakes and created a unique partnership of key members from federal, state, and local governments, tribes and others for the purpose of developing a strategic plan to restore and protect the Great Lakes ecosystem. The executive order set up a Federal Interagency Task Force and a Regional Working Group. On December 12, 2005 the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force met to reinforce and demonstrate commitment and collaborative effort to promote further work and progress in the Great Lakes area. The task force identified existing Federal programs that will support Great Lakes ecosystem restoration and developed a list of action items to implement in support of the collaborations. From this meeting in December, the Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration committed to convene a gathering of Great Lakes State DOTs to collaborate on issues relating to storm water runoff in the Great Lakes region.
Attached are the proceedings from the August workshop. A total of 32 people attended the workshop - 3 from EPA Region 5, 14 State DOT representatives from the 8 Great Lakes States, 9 from FHWA Division offices, 2 from FHWA Office of Natural and Human Environment, 2 Resource Center representatives and 2 workshop facilitators. Please pass this information on to your State DOTs, and if you have any questions, or comments on this information please contact Patricia Cazenas by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 202-366-4085.
We look forward to working with the Great Lakes Division offices, State DOT’s , and resource agencies to collectively explore further activities that will improve stormwater runoff in the region.
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Questions and feedback should be directed to Marlys Osterhues (firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-366-2052).