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Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting in Québec City May 7-8

Shared waters, shared future on agenda


Ann Arbor, Mich.   The future of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system and 
the issues and challenges to be faced will be explored by policymakers and 
opinion leaders from the United States and Canada when the Great Lakes 
Commission holds its semiannual meeting May 7-8 in Québec City.

With the theme Our Lakes, Our River, Our Future, the meeting will bring 
together delegates from the member states and provinces of the Great Lakes 
Commission, as well as other public and non-governmental officials with 
leadership roles in Great Lakes-St. Lawrence policy development.

When dealing with the leading policy issues of the day, it s important to 
look ahead, to anticipate the problems and opportunities of the future, 
said Nat Robinson, chairman of the Commission s board of directors. In 
Québec City, we ll be working on topics such as demands for fresh water, 
energy needs, maritime navigation and border security, not only in their 
present context but also with an eye to how they might play out in the 
decades to come.

The Québec City setting, at the famed Château Frontenac, will set the stage 
for a special look at St. Lawrence River issues and underscore the 
Commission s binational character. Major topics to be addressed include the 
development of a Great Lakes Restoration Plan and the presentation of the 
Commission s Great Lakes Program to Ensure Environmental and Economic 
Prosperity, a set of legislative and appropriations priorities for 
addressing major regional issues. Commissioners will also consider the 
adoption of various action items establishing Commission policy on issues 
including U.S.-Canada border concerns, Great Lakes navigation, Areas of 
Concern cleanup, energy needs and infrastructure, and more.

Speakers include Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, Jr. (U.S. Navy- 
retired), administrator of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration; William Leary, of the President s Council on Environmental 
Quality; Louise Beaudoin; Québec minister of state for international 
relations; André Boisclair, Québec minister of state for environment and 
water; Jacques Lacoursiére; historian, author and radio/television 
reporter; and Janine Ferretti, executive director of the Commission for 
Environmental Cooperation (see agenda for details).

The meeting will be preceded by a series of educational tours and site 
visits May 5-6. The business meeting will begin at 8 a.m., Tuesday, May 7 
and end at noon, Wednesday, May 8. Social events include a reception and 
dinner, and a tour of the Environment Ministry laboratories Tuesday evening.

Meeting events are open to the public. Media representatives are encouraged 
to attend; registration fees will be waived for those with media 
credentials. For registration and program information, call 734-665-9135 or 
visit <https://www.glc.org/SAM2002/>https://www.glc.org/SAM2002/ 
(Important: https prefix must be used).


Contacts:  Mike Donahue or Kirk Haverkamp
Phone:  734-665-9135 (office) or
734-646-4638 (cell)
Fax:  734-665-4370
E-mail:  <mailto:mdonahue@glc.org>mdonahue@glc.org or 
<mailto:kirkh@glc.org>kirkh@glc.org


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 LakesSt. 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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