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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 16, 2013 
CONTACTS:
Chris McCloud 
217-785-0075 
 
 
IDNR seeks Public Input on Illinois Lake Michigan Implementation Plan 
Three public meetings scheduled in October 
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is asking the public to comment on a draft plan that will help guide priorities for Illinois’ 63 miles of Lake Michigan coastline.

The Illinois Lake Michigan Implementation Plan (ILMIP) is the product of an innovative effort to identify program priorities for the new Illinois Coastal Management Program (ICMP). This project, funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), uses new technologies to gather broad stakeholder input through an open, outreach-driven process to establish program priorities.

“Lake Michigan is one of the most important natural resources, not just in Illinois, but in the United States.  The priorities we establish for our piece of this amazing and iconic ecosystem will ensure that future generations can enjoy it and rely on it for decades to come,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.

These priorities will help guide Illinois’ overall Coastal Management Program direction for the next 3-5 years and be incorporated into funding priorities for Illinois’ Coastal Grants Program.

The public is encouraged to review the plan and then register to attend one of three Chicago area public meetings below and provide feedback.

• Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St., Waukegan, October 22, 5:30-7 p.m.
• James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., 9th Floor, Room 9-040, Chicago, October 23, 1:30-3 p.m. (Photo ID required for security)
• Pullman State Historic Site, 11057 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, October 24, 5:30-7 p.m.

To review the draft Illinois Lake Michigan Implementation Plan and register for a public meeting, please visit the IDNR website or follow the link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/cmp/Pages/ILMIP.aspx