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EPA unveils new Great Lakes cleanup plan

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The Environmental Protection agency unveiled phase two of its plans to clean up the Great Lakes at a conference of the region's mayors in Chicago today, while the mayors, including Evanston's Elizabeth Tisdahl called for more action to protect the drinking water source for 40 million people.

The new federal plan, unveiled by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, calls for cleaning up contaminated rivers and harbors and more efforts to combat poisonous algae blooms that pollute portions of three lakes each summer.

The mayors, meeting at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, adopted a resolution that also called for more efforts by municipalities to reduce phosphorus runoff into the lakes through more green infrastructure, better treatment plant operations and pollution prevention measures.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual said the mayors "stand united in our call for more, better and faster action to protect Great Lakes and St. Lawrence residents from the kind of threat that recently closed down Toledo’s drinking water system. This situation cannot and will not be tolerated as the new normal.” 

“Lake Michigan is a precious resource to the residents of Evanston.  I am happy to join my fellow mayors in advocating for these important initiatives,” Mayor Tisdahl added.

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