00-0681R

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING PASSAGE OF THE FEDERAL ESTUARY RESTORATION PARTNERSHIP ACT, S. 835.

BY COUNCILOR NESS:

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth is located where the St. Louis River enters Lake Superior and forms a natural harbor that defines the character of the city of Duluth more than any other natural feature, and is a great and important natural resource of the city of Duluth, providing substantial economic, recreational and aesthetic benefits to city residents; and

WHEREAS, Duluth harbor and the St. Louis River suffer from environmental degradation including the loss of natural habitat, sedimentation, toxic contamination, and water pollution; and

WHEREAS, the quality of life and economic prosperity of the citizens of the city of Duluth suffer due to the environmental degradation of Duluth harbor and the St. Louis River; and

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth, its residents and many private companies and organizations have created and have begun to implement plans to redress the environmental degradation of Duluth harbor and the St. Louis River; and

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth, its residents and many private companies and organizations have worked and continue to work to redress the environmental degradation of Duluth harbor and the St. Louis River and have provided public and private funding and paid and volunteer human resources to this effort; and

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth and communities surrounding the harbor of Duluth lack the financial resources to redress much of the environmental degradation of Duluth harbor and the St. Louis River; and

WHEREAS, the city and harbor of Duluth have provided and continue to provide substantial benefits to national and international shipping and commerce which contribute to the economic welfare of many states in the Great Lakes and the upper Midwest regions of the United States and to the United States as a whole; and

WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States is currently debating passage of the Estuary Restoration Partnership Act of 2000, which if enacted establishes a national commitment to provide over $315 million in funding to restore one million acres of estuary and Great Lakes near shore habitat through innovative public-private partnerships that advance existing local and regional efforts; and

WHEREAS, the 12,000 acres of fresh water estuary that encompass the lower St. Louis River and Duluth harbor would be eligible to receive funding under the Estuary Restoration Partnership Act; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Duluth, in cooperation with neighboring communities, have established a remedial action plan to restore the estuary, the implementation of which depends not on the will of our citizens but in large part on the financial resources available to them;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the city of Duluth that the city requests that the Congress of the United States immediately enact the Estuary Restoration Partnership Act of 2000, bill S. 835, in order to support the citizens of Duluth in their efforts to improve the natural productivity and beauty of Duluth harbor and St. Louis Bay and the St. Louis River for the benefit of the natural environment in our city and of existing and future generations of citizens.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution memorializes the city's support for bill S. 835, currently before congress. This bill will promote and finance restoration of estuaries such as St. Louis Bay. Remedial activities in this area have been hampered by funding issues in the past.