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GLIN==> IJC Biennial Meeting Planned for Kingston, June 2005



MAKE NO LITTLE PLANS

 

The International Joint Commission's

2005 Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting on Great Lakes Water Quality

 

Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario

June 9 -11, 2005

 

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir people's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that your children and grandchildren are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty."

 

Daniel H. Burnham, architect and city planner

 

Join the IJC for the 2005 Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting to be held June 9-11, 2005 at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.  The three-day meeting will focus on the current science and issues regarding the health of the Great Lakes and include breakout sessions and specific in-depth discussions a wide range of topics fundamental to the review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and its future.

 

The current Agreement was signed in 1978 and was amended in 1987.  It has not been updated or changed in more than 17 years.  During this time, technology and our scientific knowledge and understanding has grown immensely.  New threats to the well being of the Great Lakes ecosystem are becoming better defined.  We need to keep pace with what we know and review the Agreement with an eye toward stimulating profound improvements for the Great Lakes

 

The Biennial Meeting will be a hub for public participation in the review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.  Come learn and share your views on the renewal and protection of the Great Lakes and on reinvigorating binational efforts that the Agreement can foster.  Kingston is the location of the historic 1985 IJC Biennial Meeting, which lead to many of the changes that were incorporated into the 1987 protocol to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.  Exactly 20 years later we are at a similar place in time, and the input and involvement from the public is more crucial now than ever.

 

AGENDA

Thursday, June 9:  Great Lakes Conference

This one-day, fee-based scientific conference will present current research being conducted on the Great Lakes with respect to the major themes and purpose of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the chemical, physical, biological and ecosystem integrity of the Great Lakes.  

 

There will also be a special workshop held on Annex 2 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.  This is not to be missed.  Everyone interested and involved in the Remedial Action Plan and Lakewide Management Plan process should attend.

 

Friday and Saturday, September 10-11:  2005 Biennial Meeting and public discussion of the review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

All activities on Friday and Saturday are free and open to the public.  The IJC is committed to ensuring that Great Lakes citizens and organizations can participate and be heard.  The Biennial Meeting will be two full days dedicated to discussion of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement through plenary presentations, breakout discussions on specific topics and public testimony.  

 

Join the discussion now!

 

What do you think about the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement?  Does it need to be updated?  Is the scope of the Agreement as sound in 2004 as it was in 1978?

Go to www.ijc.org and comment or participate in the on-line discussion about the upcoming review of the

Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

 

 

The future of the Great Lakes depends on you!  Let's come together and make the Lakes Great.