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GLIN==> Lake Baikal: Siberia's Equivalent of the Great Lakes



Posted on behalf of Paul Geiselhart <PGeisel@aol.com>

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Dr. Elena Kuzevanova

LAKE BAIKAL: SIBERIA'S EQUIVALENT OF THE GREAT LAKES

Wednesday, March 14
7:30 p.m.
BYRON COLBY BARN, PRAIRIE CROSSING
Grayslake, Illinois

SPONSORED BY
THE LIBERTY PRAIRIE CONSERVANCY

The Liberty Prairie Conservancy is pleased to announce that Dr. Kuzevanova,
Project Coordinator for the Baikal Ecological Network, will make a
Powerpoint presentation on Lake Baikal, the world's oldest lake. Together
Lake Baikal and the Great Lakes make up 40% of the world's fresh water.

Like Lake Michigan, Lake Baikal's integrity is threatened by air and water
pollution from industry and development. In the late 1950's scientists,
writers, fishermen, and ordinary citizens banded together to fight a
cellulose plant proposed on the Lake's shore.  This ignited an environmental
movement that was unheard of in Soviet Russia. Activists continue to work to
fight to preserve Lake Baikal and its fragile ecosystem that contains more
than 2,000 endemic species of plants and animals and provides fresh water to
industry, municipalities, and hundreds of thousands of residents in Siberia.
The Lake is 12,000 square miles, has 1,200 miles of coastline and is at
least one mile deep.

Dr. Kuzevanova will explain the cleanup of Lake Baikal and what future
challenges confront this natural resource. She holds a Ph.D. in biology, is
co-founder of Baikal Environmental Wave and has conducted 25 years of
research on environmental conditions in Lake Baikal.   This presentation
marks the culmination of her visit to the United State where she has been
learning more about clean-up efforts undertaken by groups like the Waukegan
Citizens Advisory Group (CAG). Baikal EcoNet is part of the Russian Academy
of Sciences Limnological Institute.

The Byron Colby Barn is located on the west side of Rte. 45 1/2 mile south
of Rte. 120 in Grayslake, Illinois. For further information call
847-548-5989 ext. 110.



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