Lt. Governor Representing Minnesota at Great Lakes Commission

By KBJR News 1

Lt. Governor Representing Minnesota at Great Lakes Commission

March 5, 2013 Updated Mar 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon will be in Washington, DC this week to represent Minnesota at the Great Lakes Commission semi-annual meeting.

Lt. Governor Prettner Solon will be urging congress to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

During her visit, Lt. Governor Prettner Solon will update Great Lakes advocates on progress being made in the state to protect Lake Superior coast land and watersheds, improve water quality in the lake and its tributaries, enhance wildlife habitat, and monitor beaches for exposure to bacteria.

She will also provide an update regarding ongoing efforts to delist the largest of the Great Lakes Areas of Concern: the St. Louis River estuary at the mouth of Lake Superior.

“Twenty-six years ago, the St. Louis River was designated as one of 43 Great lakes Areas of Concern due to significant pollution and habitat challenges,” said Prettner Solon. “But coordinated efforts between Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the federal government have put the St. Louis River on the road to recovery. If we continue our commitment to those efforts, the river can and will be delisted from the Area of Concern List within the next 10 to 15 years.”

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