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Title: Lake Erie Areas of Concern Summit - July 11-12, 2006, in Erie, Penn.
~ Meeting Announcement ~

Lake Erie Areas of Concern Summit

July 11-12, 2006
Tom Ridge Environmental Center
Erie, Pennsylvania

Agenda and registration form available online at
http://glc.org/aocsummits/lakeerie/

Overview
The Lake Erie Areas of Concern Summit will convene participants from the 12 Lake Erie Areas of Concern (AOC) to network and enhance communication; review recent developments affecting the AOC program; identify opportunities to expedite progress on key AOC tasks; improve linkages between the AOCs and the Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP); and consider followup activities that will strengthen collective efforts to restore and protect Lake Erie. 

Program
The program includes an overview of AOC and lakewide management efforts on Lake Erie; a review of opportunities for Lake Erie’s AOCs to benefit from programs available at the federal, state/provincial and local levels; and examples of how local Remedial Action Plan (RAP) groups have developed the capacity needed to advance restoration efforts in their AOCs. Representatives from Lake Erie’s 12 AOCs will discuss their work, the challenges they face, and how they would like to collaborate with other partners.

Keynote Speakers
The meeting will feature two keynote speakers: Murray Charlton, chief of Lake Management Research with Environment Canada’s National Water Research Institute; and David Ullrich, Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and former deputy regional administrator for the Great Lakes region of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Who Should Attend
The meeting is intended for members of U.S. and Canadian Remedial Action Plan (RAP) groups from the 12 Lake Erie AOCs, participants in the Lake Erie LaMP, agency staff, and other partners involved in the Lake Erie AOCs and LaMP.

Date & Location
The Lake Erie Areas of Concern Summit will be held on Tuesday-Wednesday, July 11-12, 2006, at the new Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie, PA.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and adjourn by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Travel Funding
Limited funding is available to help cover travel and lodging costs for representatives from local RAP groups.  Interested RAP participants should contact the chair of their RAP group.

Agenda and Registration Form
The meeting agenda, registration form and associated information have been mailed to members of RAP committees for Lake Erie’s AOCs and are available online at http://glc.org/aocsummits/lakeerie/.

Sponsors
The Lake Erie Areas of Concern Summit is sponsored by the Presque Isle Bay Public Advisory Council, U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office, the Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, and the Great Lakes Commission.

Contact
Matt Doss, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, mdoss@glc.org.