GLRC Issue Area Strategy Teams
The Issue Area Strategy Teams, made up of government and organizational representatives, were the working bodies that produced draft recommended strategic action plans for consideration by members of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration.
The Strategy Teams listed below were organized around eight of the nine priorities established by the Council of Great Lakes Governors on October 1, 2003. These priorities subsequently were adopted by the Great Lakes Cities Initiative as well. Note: the first of the nine Governor’s priorities addressed water use and diversion issues. This priority issue was being addressed through the Council of Great Lakes Governors' ongoing binational Great Lakes Water Management Initiative, so it was not included in the scope of the Strategy Teams.
Information about the issues that were covered by each Team, and co-chair contacts, is summarized below
Issues covered included, but were not limited to, restoration / protection of habitat, native species, fisheries, coastal areas, wetlands, healthy forests, the natural hydrologic cycles, biodiversity, and other critical natural features and areas.
Issues covered included, but were not limited to, indicators, monitoring, data standards, reporting of environmental information, Great Lakes Integrated Coastal Observing System (GLICOS), Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs), and the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) process. Emphasis was on strengthening decision-support systems.
Issues covered included, but were not limited to, reduction of toxic substances, pollution prevention, new chemicals of concern, air deposition and long range transport, Great Lakes Initiative (GLI) and fish consumption advisories.
Issues covered included, but were not limited to, transportation, brownfields, land-use and preservation practices, waterfront restoration, and economic viability as a function of environmental and natural resource protection.
Although human health was to be explicitly addressed as appropriate in the other Strategy Teams, there were several specific coastal issues that can very directly impact human health. Issues covered included, but were not limited to: beach closings, combined sewer overflows (CSO), sanitary sewer overflows (SSO), bacteria and pathogen contamination.
Issues covered included, but were not limited to, restoring the health of AOCs through the remedial action program, cleaning up contaminated sediments through the implementation of the Great Lakes Legacy Act and other authorities, and delisting of AOCs.
In addition to the specific issue areas addressed by individual Teams, the overarching issues of human health, research and information, and tribal perspectives were considered by all of the Strategy Teams as they pursued their work. Human health issues are discussed in a number of recommendations made by the Strategy Teams, particularly the Coastal Health Team, the Persistent Toxics Team, and the Areas of Concern/Sediment Team. Tribal interests and perspectives are summarized in the Executive Summary of the GLRC Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes under the section entitled “Role of Tribal Nations”. Research and monitoring issues are included chiefly in recommendations from the Indicators and Information Team.