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GLIN==> Semiannual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission, May 15-16

Great Lakes Commission Media Advisory

For immediate release
January 9, 2001

Contact:  Mike Donahue
Phone:  734-665-9135
Fax:  734-665-4370
E-mail:  mdonahue@glc.org

States, provinces work to ensure prosperity for the region
2001 Semiannual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission, May 15-16

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Policymakers and opinion leaders throughout the 
binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region will convene May 15-16 in Ann 
Arbor, Mich., to address and act on key public policy issues affecting the 
environment and economy of the world's largest system of fresh surface 
water.  State and provincial delegates to the Great Lakes Commission will 
be joined at the event by many other government officials and private 
sector and citizen groups with a leadership role in Great Lakes policy 

The meeting theme, ensuring environmental and economic prosperity for the 
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region, addresses a vision articulated by Chair 
Nat Robinson and Vice Chair Sam Speck, both of whom were elected to their 
leadership positions in October 2000.  "Realizing this vision," explains 
Robinson, "rests on three critical elements: a bold strategy, regionwide 
partnerships, and relentless and aggressive advocacy."  The Commission's 
legislative and appropriations priorities for the 107th Congress, as 
embodied in its "Great Lakes Program for Environmental and Economic 
Prosperity" will be a major focus of the semiannual meeting.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on May 15 and conclude at noon on May 16. 
 Policy positions offered by the membership will be adopted on issues of 
environmental protection, resource management, transportation and 
sustainable development.  Social events include a reception, dinner, and 
tours of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes 
Environmental Research Laboratory and the U.S. Geological Survey's Great 
Lakes Science Center.

The Semiannual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission is hosted by its Mi  
chigan Delegation whose members include Tracy Mehan (delegation chair), 
director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Office of 
the Great Lakes; Rep. William Callahan; Frank D'Itri, professor at Michigan 
State University's Institute of Water Research; Jennifer Granholm, Michigan 
attorney general; and Sen. Walter North.

Semiannual meeting attendees will want to stay for a special symposium 
immediately following the Commission meeting titled, "Looking Back, Looking 
Forward: Assessing Aquatic Nuisance Species Prevention and Control" (May 
16-17).  The symposium will examine progress under the U.S. National 
Invasive Species Act and assess the current state of, and prospects for, 
prevention and control programs.  A special focus will be placed on 
research and policy developments and needs for ballast management in 
commercial vessels. Symposium participants will make recommendations on new 
directions in research, detection and monitoring, and regulatory and other 
management needs as reauthorization of the Act approaches.  The symposium 
is being organized in cooperation with the Commission-staffed Great Lakes 
Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, which coordinates regional prevention 
and control efforts.  The panel will hold its spring meeting immediately 
following the symposium on May 18.

All events are open to the public.  A registration form is available online 
at http://www.glc.org/announce/01/semireg01.pdf.  It should be completed 
and returned by April 23, 2001.

The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Nathaniel E. Robinson (Wisconsin), 
is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by state and U.S. 
federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy 
environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence 
region and its residents.  The Commission consists of state legislators, 
agency officials and governors' appointees from its eight member states. 
 Associate membership for Ontario and Quebec was established through the 
signing of a "Declaration of Partnership."  The Commission maintains a 
formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, 
tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests.  The 
Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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