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3 Days On Our Great Lake

Ohio Lake Erie Office
Press Release
August 26, 1997
For Information Contact:
Debbie Katterheinrich, Public Information Specialist
E-mail: oleo@great-lakes.net

Ohio Lake Erie Conference Will Kick Off
3-Day Environmental Program in Cleveland

The Governor's Ohio Lake Erie Commission in cooperation with the International Joint Commission and the Ohio EPA and US EPA, will host an exciting 3-day Lake Erie environmental program to be held September 18, 1997 through September 20, 1997 at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland.  This premiere event is geared toward environmental organizations, researchers and Great Lakes representatives, along with public officials from local, state, federal, and Canadian governments.

The 3-day event begins September 18, 1997 with the 6th Annual Ohio Lake Erie Conference, presented by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the Ohio Lake Erie Office.  On September 19, 1997,  Workshop On Human Health and Aquatic Life Considerations will be hosted by the International Joint Commission. The environmental program will conclude on September 20, 1997 with a Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Forum focusing on Lake Erie Areas of Concern, hosted by Ohio's RAP Organizations.

The latest information on this special environmental event is available on the Ohio Lake Erie Office's website:  http://www.great-lakes.net/partners/oleo/index.html , or contact the Ohio Lake Erie Office at 419/245-2514 or by email: oleo@great-lakes.net
Here is the current agenda for all three days.

Thursday, September 18, 1997
6th Annual Ohio Lake Erie Conference
Great Lakes Science Center
     8:00am - 9:00am 
     Continental Breakfast 
     9:00am - 4:00pm 
     Dr. Jeffrey L. Busch; Ohio Lake Erie Office 
Keynote Speaker ~ 
     Donald C. Anderson, Director; Ohio Department of Natural
     Ohio's New Coastal Management Plan 
The Future of Ohio's North Coast 
     Managing Ohio's Coastline 
     Monitor: Michael Colvin, ODNR 
     Sustaining Our Nation's Coastlines 
     Jeff Benoit, Director of OCRM; NOAA 
     City of Cleveland's Vision for the Lake Erie Coast 
     Mayor Michael White (Invited) 
     Principles of a Sustainable Environment 
     Carol Misseldine, The Natural Step 
     Farmland Preservation Task Force 
     Denise King, The Nature Conservancy 
     Restoring the Lake Erie Shoreline 
     David Beach; EcoCity Cleveland 
     Preserving Shoreline for Habitat and Recreation 
Lake Erie Luncheon: 
Announcement of Ohio Lake Erie Awards and the 1997 Ohio's Coastweeks Photo Contest Winners 
Ohio's Lake Erie Protection Fund Progress Report and Announcement of 1997 Grant Awards 
     ~ The Honorable Governor George V. Voinovich (invited) 
     Lake Erie Protection Fund Presentations:
     ~ Toxic Algae and Lake Erie Ecological Change 
     ~ Coastal Bacterial Fingerprinting 
     ~ Habitat and Avian Community Changes in Response to the Metzger Marsh 
     ~ Satellite Nutrient Application 
Dinner Cruise Aboard the "Goodtime III"

Friday, September 19, 1997
IJC Workshop On Human Health and Aquatic Life Considerations 
     8:00am - 9:00am 
     Continental Breakfast 
     9:00am - 4:00pm 
Morning Session 
     Brian Gibson, M.D., Canadian Co-Chair of International Joint Commission's Health Professionals Task Force 
~ Will open the Human Health discussion by providing an overview of the various human health studies related to the consumption of Great Lakes Fish. 
     	Individual Researchers will detail results from their studies. 
Afternoon Session ~ 
Will outline effects of persistent toxic effects on fish, wildlife, and lab animals. 
     	Diane S. Henshel, School of Public and Environmental Affairs 
 ~ Will explain the effects of 2, 3, 7, 8 - tetrachlorodivenzo-p-doxin on avian brain development 
            William Bowerman, Lake Superior State University 
     	~ Will discuss the effects of persistent toxic substances on bald eagles. 
Closing Panel Discussion 
~ Will examine the available epidemiological evidence and the opportunity for its Incorporation into lakewide management plans. 

Saturday, September 20, 1997
Sowing the Seeds of Success:  Financial Implementation
     8:00am - 9:00am 
     Continental Breakfast Provided by NOACA and CRCPO 
     9:00am - 3:00pm 
A roundtable and dialogue for the RAP Councils and their partners with resource agencies and organizations about funding opportunities and approaches to implement RAP activities and solutions.  Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Ohio Water Development Authority, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the private foundation sector will participate in the dialogue.  A special guest from Toronto's Regeneration Trust will share the experience in "putting it all together."  Bring your implementation plans and ideas.  A picnic lunch will be available at noon along the North Coast Harbor.

Space is limited at this three-day event so register today.  To receive a registration brochure, contact the Ohio Lake Erie Office at 419/245-2514, or by e-mail: oleo@great-lakes.net.