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The Lake Superior Binational Forum invites you to an
 Open Public Input Meeting
about the
Economic and Environmental Impacts of the
Shipping Industry and Global Climate Change on Lake Superior
 
Friday, January 30, 2009  â?¦  Barkers Island Conference Center BALLROOM, Superior, Wisconsin
1 to 5 p.m.
 
 
Who should attend?
This input session is intended for local elected officials, community leaders, area business owners and operators, companies involved in shipping and transportation, and Twin Ports residents who want to make comments about important environmental issues in the Twin Ports area.
 
Registration
This event is free and open to the public without need to pre-register.
 
Why is this meeting being held in Superior?
The Binational Forum holds four open input meetings each year in host communities around the lake basin to hear public comments about issues related to Lake Superior. This input session, called Economic and Environmental Impacts of the
Shipping Industry and Global Climate Change on Lake Superior,
will focus on how the shipping industry and global climate change is impacting the Twin Portâ??s economy and environment. Public comments on other topics related to Lake Superior are also welcomed beginning at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

           Dr. Richard Stewart, Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute, Superior, will talk about Climate Change Impacts on the Great Lakes Shipping Industry. The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute is dedicated to developing and improving economically and environmentally sustainable maritime commerce on the Great Lakes through applied research. It was established in 2004 to pursue research efforts in marine transportation, logistics, economics, engineering, environmental planning, and port management.
Dr. Mary Balcer, the Lake Superior Research Instituteâ??s Director and Research Scientist at the UW-Superior campus, will describe A Practical Solution to Treating Aquatic Invasive Species in Ballast Water. This presentation is based on results of research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Superiorâ??s ballast water treatment facility.
          
Organizers of a newly formed interfaith group of about 25 Twin Ports churches will describe the innovative actions theyâ??re taking to minimize their churchesâ?? and congregationsâ?? carbon dioxide emissions and environmental footprints. Clergy, lay leaders, and youth groups have been educating congregations through sermons, study groups, and activities, while some have made physical changes to church buildings and grounds.
           
            In addition, Superior Mayor David Ross will describe the sustainable actions the city is taking to protect the natural resources of the lake basin.
 
            Two American recipients of the Lake Superior Binational Forumâ??s annual Environmental Stewardship awards program will receive awards for outstanding contributions towards protecting Lake Superiorâ??s natural environment. In the Adult Individual category Duane Lahti, the former basin supervisor of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resourcesâ?? Northern Regionâ??s Division of Water and Watershed Management office in Superior, will be recognized for his career work protecting the surface and groundwater of Wisconsinâ??s northern counties.
           
St. Maryâ??s Medical Center (SMDC), Duluth, will receive an award in the Industry category for its new Duluth facility that was certified at the gold level in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program in 2007. Numerous sustainable building features incorporated into the unique design have resulted in cleaner indoor air, a smaller ecological footprint, and lower energy and water use. 
 
 
Impacts of the Shipping Industry and Global Climate Change on Lake Superior
Agenda
 
1 p.m.  Welcome?Bruce Liindgren, Lake Superior Binational Forum U.S. Co-chair and Glen Dale, Canadian Forum Co-chair
 
1:10     Presentation of Lake Superior Binational Forum Environmental Stewardship  Awards to U.S. Recipients
St. Maryâ??s Duluth Clinic and Duane Lahti, Oulu, Wisconsin
 
1:25     Sustainable Superior: What is the City of Superior Doing to Protect Lake Superior??Mayor David Ross>
 
1:45     Climate Change Impacts on the Great Lake Shipping Industry?Dr. Richhard Stewart, Co-Chair of Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute, UW-Superior
 
2:45    Questions for Dr. Richard Stewart
 
3:00    Break
 
3:15    A Practical Solution to Treating Aquatic Invasive Species in Ballast Water
?Dr. Mary Balcer, Director and Research Scientiist at the Lake Superior Research Institute, UW-Superior campus
 
3:45    Questions for Dr. Mary Balcer
 
4:00     A Local Success Story: Twin Ports Interfaith Initiative on Global Warming?>Bill Mittlefehldt, Interfaith group organizer
 
4:30    Open Public Input: Any public comments related to Lake Superior are welcomed. NOTE: An additional time for open public input is on Saturday morning at 11:30, January 31, at the Barkers Island Inn in the Ballroom.
 
5:00    Adjourn
 
 
Contact Information
The Forumâ??s U.S. Coordinator can be reached at (715) 682-1489; or lradke@northland.edu.  For more information about the Forum visit www.superiorforum.org/forum
 
 What is the Lake Superior Binational Forum?
The Forum is a citizen stakeholder group of U.S. and Canadian volunteers working together to provide input and recommendations to governments about lakewide management issues, and to educate basin residents about ways to protect and restore the Lake Superior basinâ??s natural resources.
The Forumâ??s U.S. office is headquartered at Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, and is funded in the U.S. by the Environmental Protection Agencyâ??s Great Lakes National Program Office, and by Environment Canada in Canada.
 
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Lissa Radke
U.S. Coordinator
Lake Superior Binational Forum
Northland College
1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland  WI  54806
(715) 682-1489
http://www.superiorforum.org/forum
"Water is life, and the quality of water determines the quality of life."
     --Lake Superior Binational Program vision statement
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