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Great Lakes Regional Collaboration - PBT subgroup Education and Outreach White Paper Beth Murphy & Jackie Fisher Great Lakes National Program Office 2/22/05 Ongoing Efforts Variety of Organizations Federal Agencies State and Local and Tribal Governments Public Groups (i.e. Forums, etc.)

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Great Lakes Regional Collaboration -PBT subgroupEducation and Outreach White Paper

Beth Murphy & Jackie Fisher

Great Lakes National Program Office

2/22/05


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Ongoing Efforts

  • Variety of Organizations

    • Federal Agencies

    • State and Local and Tribal Governments

    • Public Groups (i.e. Forums, etc.)

  • Variety of endpoints

    • Public

    • Industry

  • Variety of delivery mechanisms

    • Websites

    • Printed material


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Great Lakes Workgroup and Forum Activities

  • Many groups have communication/public involvement committees.

  • Great Lake Forums

    • Lake Superior

    • Lake Michigan

    • Lake Erie


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Fish Consumption Advisories

  • State and Tribal Advice

    • Based on human health

    • Advice ranges from limiting consumption to unlimited consumption from various locations

    • Mainly based on PCBs, Hg, Chlordane, Dioxin, and Toxaphene.


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Educational Tools for Educators

  • Online resources for educators

    • T.E.A.C.H program

    • Enviro Tools


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NOAA National Sea Grant Program

  • Nationwide network

  • 30 University partners

    • 7 Great Lakes Sea Grant Programs

    • Wide variety of education and outreach programs


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Federal Programs

  • SOLEC

    • Great Lakes indicators and State of the Lake reports

  • Great Lakes Information Network

    • Clearing house for Great Lakes information

  • ATSDR’s ToxFAQs

    • Public friendly fact sheets


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Great Lakes Mid-Atlantic Center for Hazardous Substance Research

  • Emphasis on technology transfer through two community out reach programs.

    • Technical Outreach Services to Communities (TOSC)

    • Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB)

  • Provide information and education to communities faced with environmental challenges.


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National Pollution Prevention Roundtable Research

  • Provides forums for the direct exchange of ideas and expertise as well as through a number of programs designed to disseminate the most current data on pollution prevention policy developments, practices and resources.

    • Workgroups

    • National Meetings

    • Publication Program

    • Topic Specific Electronic Listserves.


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Great Lakes Tribes Research

  • Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

    • GIS-based color coded maps to identify lower mercury inland lakes.

    • Articles published in quarterly newspaper on how to enjoy fish safely.

    • Developing education tools to address culturally sensitive populations on fish consumption

  • Many tribes involved in member education on hazardous associated with burn barrels.


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Canadian Center for Pollution Prevention – Burn barrel sub-group

  • Collaborative effort among organizations

    • Regulatory

    • Environmental

    • Industrial

    • Educational

  • Mission - achieve a significant reduction in the release of dioxins/furans into the environment by reducing the practice of residential burning of garbage within the Great Lakes Basin.


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Other Outreach Efforts sub-group

  • As seen, Eduation and Outreach comes from multiple sources. Please provide a list of the ones we missed to [email protected] or [email protected] .


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