LAMPs are binational action plans to meet the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) between the United States and Canada. Each of the five Great Lakes has a LAMP Program designated to them to sustain and restore their unique qualities, ecosystems, and communities. One of the primary goals of each LAMP is to restore Areas of Concern (AOCs) that have been degraded by inadequate management in the past.
The Red Cliff LAMP Program began in 2010, and currently staffs an Environmental Justice Specialist and LAMP Outreach Coordinator. The Red Cliff LAMP Program seeks to build local capacity to address challenges of ecosystem protection and restoration in the Lake Superior basin. Specifically, the work of LAMP-funded Red Cliff staff encompasses the following:
Public education and outreach on emerging threats to the integrity and health of Lake Superior and its supporting ecosystems.
Commenting and providing tribal input on public policy, management documents, and permits that impact the Lake Superior Basin.
Collaboration with tribal, local, state, national, and binational efforts to further in-basin sustainability and pollution-reduction goals.
Providing scientific and technical advice to tribal leadership on Lake Superior issues.
The Environmental Justice component of the LAMP Program supports outreach and education efforts, tribal code revisions, and tracking of environmental justice issues in the Great Lakes region. The concept of environmental justice is detailed in the EPA’s EJ 2020 Plan. Examples of Lake Superior environmental justice issues include:
Treaty Rights as related to mining projects;
Treaty Rights related Petroleum development and transportation;
Treaty Rights Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs);
And other extractive or resource intensive industries with the potential to cause undue harm on the local environment, the Red Cliff economy, and/or our social welfare.
The Outreach component of the LAMP Program will educate, inform, and strategically support new and ongoing environmental efforts, while helping Red Cliff obtain additional resources and information to support future undertakings. Examples of outreach include:
Creating and distributing educational materials that relate to Lake Superior, the Great Lakes, and other environmental subjects.
Planning and executing education/outreach activities in accordance with LAMP work plan objectives within the Red Cliff community and surrounding area.
Increasing Red Cliff’s coordination and presence with local organizations, agencies, and governments on resource management decisions in the surrounding area.