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Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting, March 31-April 3

Appropriations priorities, climate change policy top the agenda at
Commission's Semiannual Meeting 

*Featured speakers: U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-MI) and Ulf Ehlin, Director
of the Stockholm Water Institute 

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—  Federally funded Great Lakes programs and the
regional implications of emerging U.S. global climate change policy will
be among the featured topics when the Great Lakes Commission convenes
for its semiannual meeting, March 31 - April 3 in Ann Arbor, Mich. 

 The meeting’s primary theme is Legislative and Appropriations
Priorities for the Great Lakes Region.  Among many other policy actions,
the eight-state Commission membership will adopt legislative and
appropriations priorities for the second session of the 105th Congress. 
This multifaceted statement will be the centerpiece of a Congressional
Advocacy Strategy to guide the Commission as it represents Great Lakes
state interests with Congress and the Administration.  Representatives
from the office of Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) and the Senate Great
Lakes Task Force will discuss anticipated congressional action on
environmental protection, resource management, transportation and
economic development issues. 

 Ulf Ehlin, director of the Stockholm Water Institute in Sweden,
will keynote an April 2 dinner and focus on emerging global partnerships
in the protection and management of water resources. 

 On the morning of April 3, U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-MI) will share her
observations on the collective Great Lakes management effort and current
congressional priorities.  A special session titled Global Climate
Change and U.S. Policy: Implications for the Great Lakes States will
follow.  Experts will review the state of the science, present the
outcome of the recent Kyoto Climate Change Summit, and discuss emerging
U.S. policy and implications for the Great Lakes region. 

 Opening remarks will be given by Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon, and
the closing keynote address will feature Rep. William Callahan from
Michigan’s 26th District. 

 Associated events (March 31 - April 1) include a Great Lakes
Information Network (GLIN) Advisory Board Meeting and workshop on Global
Applications of GLIN; and meetings of the Great Lakes Dredging Team and
the Commission’s Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Task Force. 

 Events will be held at the Campus Inn in downtown Ann Arbor.  Attendees
also will enjoy receptions at the University of Michigan Museum of Art
and the Michigan League. 

 All meetings are open to the public. Registration fees will be waived
for those with media credentials, but everyone must pre-register.
Contact the Commission at 734-665-9135 or mailto:glc@great-lakes.net. 

 The Great Lakes Commission is a nonpartisan, interstate compact agency
created by state and federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong
economy, clean environment and high quality of life for residents of the
eight-state Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota,
New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin). The Commission consists of
state legislators, agency officials and governors’ appointees from its
member states, and also maintains a formal Observer program involving
U.S. and Canadian federal and provincial agencies, tribal authorities,
binational agencies and other regional interests. The Commission offices
are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.