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GLIN==> Binational Forum Hosts More Than 20 Workshops and Sessions on Great Lakes Issues



Posted on behalf of Frank Bevacqua <bevacquaf@washington.ijc.org>

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Come learn about and discuss Great Lakes issues and participate in
government at work at the 1999 Great Lakes Water Qaulity Forum being held
September 24-26, 1999 at the Midwest Express Center, Milwaukee.  The meeting
is being hosted by the International Joint Commission (IJC) as part of its
biennial assessment of the programs and progress to clean up the Great Lakes
by the governments of the United States and Canada.  The meeting is free and
open to the public.

Learn about and discuss the Great Lakes! 3-4 hour sessions on almost 20 hot
and sometimes controversial Great Lakes issues will highlight the meeting.
Topics include:

*       achieving the goal of zero discharge of pollutants into Lake
Superior;
       watershed and land management used as a tool to protect the Great
Lakes;
       Great Lake water levels;
       several different sessions on toxic chemicals in the Great Lakes and
their effects;
       air quality in the Great Lakes region;
       Lake Michigan issue;
       mercury;
       the fisheries decline in the Great Lakes;
       exotic (non-native) species; and
       pesticide use and water quality.

Specific information about each workshop and its agenda, speakers and topics
can be found at:

Listen:  Frank Lyons, Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, Region 5; and John Mills, Regional Director General, Ontario Region,
Environment Canada will lead the presentation on programs and progress on
both the domestic and binational fronts under the Great Lakes Water Quality
Agreement. A question and answer session with the public will follow.

Participate in public hearings providing a forum for the public to express
their comments and concerns regarding programs and progress of the
governments in cleaning up the Great Lakes.

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.

Complete program information is available at the following location:

http://www.ijc.org/milwaukee/index.html


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