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Milwaukee site of IJC 1999 Biennial Forum

Posted on behalf of Jennifer Day <DayJ@windsor.ijc.org>

International Great Lakes Community to Meet in Milwaukee to Discuss
Great Lakes Water Quality at 1999 Biennial Forum of the International
Joint Commission

        The International Joint Commission announces that it has
selected Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the site of its 1999 Biennial Forum on
Great Lakes Water Quality.  The theme of partnerships and progress in
cleaning up the Great Lakes will be the focus of the meeting to be held
September 24-26, 1999.  

        Under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the International
Joint Commission prepares a comprehensive assessment every two years on
progress to clean up the Great Lakes.  As part of this assessment, the
Biennial Forum provides an opportunity for citizens, government
officials, industry, environmental organizations, scientists, the media
and others from Canada and the United States to meet and discuss issues
of concern regarding the Great Lakes ecosystem and to provide
information to the Commission.  Other scheduled events during the
three-day meeting will include presentations by the U.S. and Canadian
governments on their programs and progress to clean up the Great Lakes,
educational workshops, and time for attendees from around the Great
Lakes basin to network and caucus.  All sessions are open to the public.

        "The International Joint Commission is excited about the
opportunity to host this next biennial forum on Lake Michigan and in the
city of Milwaukee," said U.S. Commissioner and Indiana resident Susan
Bayh.  "IJC has an on-going interest in the productive, community-led
cleanup efforts around Lake Michigan and this meeting will give us an
opportunity to share these ideas with others from around the Great Lakes
basin to build partnerships and good working relationships."

        IJC is a binational Canada-United States organization
established by The Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help the two
Governments prevent and resolve disputes over use of waters along the
U.S. and Canada boundary. Under the 1978 Great Lakes Water Quality
Agreement, IJC assesses progress by the two counties to restore and
maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters
of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.