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Great Lakes agenda 

The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently released its Great Lakes basin action agenda — 10 items and related goals compiled from existing plans and studies. Many will be familiar to anyone who follows issues around the Great Lakes. | Some of the agenda's objectives are likely to get more attention than others. For example, the document mentions offshore wind power development a few times. A few years ago, the New York Power Authority tried to advance an offshore wind project, but the idea ultimately stalled. Critics and supporters of the effort were quite vocal. | In its energy development section, the new DEC document suggests that the state do planning work to identify at least one area where offshore wind development could occur. | The rest of the agenda identifies objectives for issues including cleaning up and reducing pollution, controlling invasive species, promoting smart growth, enhancing recreation and tourism, and conserving water. | The agenda and information regarding it can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/91881.html. Comments on the document can be submitted to glakes@gw.dec.state.ny.us through September 1.

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