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GLIN==> Updates/News on Toward Wildlife Friendly Wind Power Conference Website & Announcement of SOLEC Workshop: "Continuing the Dialogue Toward Wildlife Friendly Wind Power



Apologies for any and all "cross postings".

Thanks to Rachel Levin, Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Outreach Committee
Chair and Team Web Site Manager, the presentations, conference draft notes,
and other conference products and materials from the June 2006 "Toward
Wildlife Friendly Wind Power: A Focus on the Great Lakes Basin Conference"
are now posted on our conference web site:
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/greatlakes/windpowerpresentations.htm

The conference web site is still being constructed, with improvements
forthcoming.  Your comments and suggestions for the site are welcomed.

Also we will be conducting a workshop at the State of the Lakes Ecosystem
Conference (SOLEC) in Milwaukee on November 3rd entitled "Continuing the
Dialogue and Next Steps Toward Wildlife Friendly Wind Power in the Great
Lakes Basin", see attached.   We will be soliciting input and
recommendations for this workshop opportunity including:  format,
structure, content, goals, objectives, and expected outcomes.   We will be
scheduling a conference call in the near future, and will welcome
volunteers to serve on our workshop steering committee.  We will be sending
out an announcement on this next week, stayed tuned.

Rich

Richard Greenwood
    USFWS Liaison to USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office
    Team Leader Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team
Great Lakes National Program Office
77 West Jackson Blvd. (G-17J)
Chicago, IL 60604
Ph:  312-886-3853  Fax:  312-353-2018
Email:  rich_greenwood@fws.gov or greenwood.richard@epa.gov
http://greatlakes.fws.gov/

(See attached file: SOLEC TWFWP Workshop.doc)

           State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) 2006
                         When:  November 1-3, 2006
To Include November 3rd Workshop:  “Continuing the Dialogue and Next Steps
       Toward Wildlife Friendly Wind Power in the Great Lakes Basin”
             Where:  Hyatt Regency Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
What is SOLEC?
      The State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conferences (SOLEC) are hosted by
      the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada on
      behalf of the two countries. These conferences are held every two
      years in response to a reporting requirement of the binational Great
      Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA).

      The conferences are intended to report on the state of the Great
      Lakes ecosystem and the major factors impacting it, and to provide a
      forum for exchange of this information amongst Great Lakes
      decision-makers. These conferences are not intended to discuss the
      status of programs needed for the protection and restoration of the
      Great Lakes basin, but to evaluate the effectiveness of these
      programs through analysis of the state of the ecosystem.

      The goal of the conference is to provide information to people in all
      levels of government, corporate, and not-for-profit sectors that make
      decisions that affect the Great Lakes and through this to achieve the
      overall purpose of the GLWQA, "to restore and maintain the physical,
      chemical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin."

   “Continuing the Dialogue and Next Steps Toward Wildlife Friendly Wind
                      Power in the Great Lakes Basin”

Participants in this workshop session will review and build on the
recommendations for a “call to action” to take the next steps identified at
the June 2006 “Towards Wildlife Friendly Wind Power:  A Focus on the Great
Lakes Basin” Conference in Toledo, Ohio.  Participants will have the
opportunity to continue the sharing of information; discussing priority
research and information needs; will work towards developing consensus on
effective and consistent approaches and guidance for citing, and both pre-
and post project monitoring requirements for wind energy projects.
Emphasis will be on proactively providing good science based information to
allow good decision making for the Great Lakes ecosystem, consistent with
the goals and objectives of SOLEC, the Lake Wide Management Plans, the
Great Lakes Regional Collaborative, and the Great Lakes Water Quality
Agreement.
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For more information on SOLEC 2006, visit
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/solec/solec_2006/index.html

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