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1998 Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission: Oct. 19-20



Dear Friend of the Great Lakes:

The 1998 Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission (October 19-20) is
rapidly approaching! If you have not done so already, please return a
registration form to the Commission and call the Buffalo Hyatt Regency
at (800) 233-1234 or (716) 856-1234 to book your sleeping room. The
deadline for both is Friday, September 18. After that date, the
registration fee increases and the block of sleeping rooms will be
released. Please act now! 

Visit http://www.glc.org/announce/98/annual98.html to download a
registration form and agenda.

The New York Delegation of the Great Lakes Commission will be hosting an
outstanding program. Policy Action and information items will touch on
many issues of current concern, such as: 

* directional drilling on the Great Lakes
* Great Lakes water levels, flows and regulations
* Lake Superior water export proposal
* the U.S. federal Clean Water Action Plan
* marine sanitation devices and Great Lakes water quality
* Water Resources Development Act implementation
* brownfields redevelopment
* maritime transportation issues
* the Great Lakes overnight cruise industry 

Featured speakers will include, among others, John P. Cahill,
Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation; Buffalo Mayor Anthony M. Masiello; James Seif, Secretary
of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; and New York
State Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Paul Tokasz, co-chairs of
the New York Coalition of Great Lakes Legislators.

More than a dozen new Commission initiatives will be announced, and a
number of new products will be released via online demonstrations and
conventional presentations. Also, time will be reserved for
presentations by Commission Observers (October 20); an ideal opportunity
to highlight current issues and activities for the array of Great Lakes
leaders in attendance.

Special events include an October 19 tour (Niagara Power Project),
reception and dinner sponsored by the New York Power Authority; Chair
Don Vonnahme will be honored as he concludes his Commission
chairmanship. October 20 will feature a special session on Brownfields
Redevelopment in the Great Lakes Region, with more than a dozen noted
experts on the topic. Closing remarks will feature an invitation to the
Commission's next meeting (Montreal, May 1999).

Please call Mike Donahue, executive director, at 734-665-9135 should you
have questions. 

We look forward to seeing you in Buffalo!