Public ignored in Great Lakes water management talks


(Toronto, December 3, 2004) In a report released today titled Public Participation in Water Management in the Great Lakes: Provincial and Joint Initiatives, the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) charges the public is being shut out of the water management decision-making process in Great Lakes jurisdictions. The report argues that citizens could have a far more influential role in determining the future of their communities and water resources, but do not because the public participation guidelines to which Great Lakes government organizations are generally subjected are rarely implemented.

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