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Strategies for Maximizing the Potential of Great Lakes Ports for Regional Growth
Great Lakes maritime ports are catalysts for local and regional economic growth and ?laboratories? for research and innovation to sustain the ecological health of the lakes. Typically located at the mouths of tributaries, their locations have historically been strategically important as key links in transportation networks. In recent years, the growing awareness of the importance and fragility of river-mouth ecosystems has required more careful and intentional planning around port development and related policy to minimize environmental impact.