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Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting
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Contact: Mike Donahue
E-mail: mdonahue@glc.org
Phone: 734-665-9135
Fax: 734-665-4370

Water quantity, oil / gas drilling among featured issues at Great Lakes 
Commission Semiannual Meeting

*May 15-16 in Ann Arbor, Mich., followed by Aquatic Nuisance Species Symposium*

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Policymakers and opinion leaders throughout the 
binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region will convene May 15-16 in Ann 
Arbor, Mich., to address and act on key public policy issues affecting the 
environment and economy of the world's largest system of fresh surface water.

The Great Lakes Commission's Semiannual Meeting will include special 
sessions focusing on regional initiatives of overriding interest. 
"Safeguarding our Water Resources" will address issues of water withdrawal, 
diversion and lake level management, and feature updates on several 
regional initiatives. "Oil and Gas Drilling in the Great Lakes" will offer 
multiple perspectives on directional drilling and related matters. Breakout 
sessions will allow all meeting attendees to participate as Commission 
priorities, resolutions, advocacy strategies and policy initiatives are 
presented and discussed. And, the Commission's legislative and 
appropriations priorities for the 107th Congress, as embodied in its Great 
Lakes Program for Environmental and Economic Prosperity will be presented 
at the Semiannual Meeting. Social events include a reception, dinner and 
tours of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes 
Environmental Research Laboratory and the U.S. Geological Survey's Great 
Lakes Science Center.

The overall meeting theme, "Ensuring Environmental and Economic Prosperity 
for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region," addresses a vision articulated by 
Commission Chair Nat Robinson (Wisconsin) and Vice Chair Sam Speck (Ohio), 
both of whom were elected to their leadership positions in October 2000. 
"Realizing this vision," explains Robinson, "rests on three critical 
elements: a bold strategy, regionwide partnerships, and relentless and 
aggressive advocacy."

The Semiannual Meeting is hosted by the Commission's Michigan Delegation , 
whose members include Tracy Mehan (delegation chair), director of the 
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes; 
Rep. William Callahan; Frank D'Itri, professor at Michigan State 
University's Institute of Water Research; Attorney General, Jennifer 
Granholm; and Sen. Walter North.

State and provincial Commission delegates will be joined at the event by 
many other government officials and private sector and citizen interests 
with a leadership role in Great Lakes policy development. The meeting 
offers an excellent opportunity for all interested parties to discuss and 
formulate policies in the areas of resource management and environmental 
quality; transportation and sustainable development; and communications and 
information management.

A symposium immediately following the Commission meeting titled, "Looking 
Back, Looking Forward: Assessing Aquatic Nuisance Species Prevention and 
Control" (May 16-17) will examine progress under the U.S. National Invasive 
Species Act and assess the current state of, and prospects for, prevention 
and control programs. A special focus will be placed on research and policy 
development needs for ballast management in commercial vessels. The 
symposium is organized in cooperation with the Commission-staffed Great 
Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, which coordinates regional 
prevention and control efforts. The panel will hold its spring meeting 
immediately following the symposium on May 18.

The meetings will take place at the Holiday Inn - North Campus in Ann 
Arbor, and all events are open to the public. The registration fee is 
waived for members of the press, but everyone should pre-register. Use the 
attached forms, or see http://www.glc.org/announce/01/3-01semiannual.html 
for Semiannual Meeting details and http://www.glc.org/ans/nisa for the ANS 
Symposium details.

The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Nathaniel E. Robinson (Wisconsin), 
is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by state and U.S. 
federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy 
environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence 
region and its residents. The Commission consists of state legislators, 
agency officials and governors' appointees from its eight member states. 
Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was established through the 
signing of a "Declaration of Partnership." The Commission maintains a 
formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, 
tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests. The 
Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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