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Title: First Annual Ecosystem Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2006

Contact:
Gina Lettiere: 312-939-0838 x228
Joel Brammeier: 312-939-0838 x224 

First Annual Ecosystem Conference to Draw Diverse Lake Michigan Partners

Those interested in advancing the health of Lake Michigan are invited to the first annual conference of the Lake Michigan Watershed Ecosystem Partnership on Oct. 5 in Evanston, Ill.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes will join with more than 30 other members of the newly minted partnership at the conference, scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. at the Evanston Ecology Center.

Elected officials, agency staff, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are encouraged to attend the conference, as broad participation will help bring about more comprehensive solutions that will, in turn, benefit the entire ecosystem.

The new partnership was designated an official "Ecosystem Partnership" by the Illinois Natural Resources C2000 program in January 2006, with the goals of promoting, preserving, protecting and enhancing the diverse attributes of Lake Michigan.

The partnership comes at a time when help is critically needed to draw state funding and other resources to projects aimed at managing sewage overflows, habitat restoration, improving water quality, preventing erosion, and educating coastal communities about how to restore and protect the Lake Michigan watershed and its coastal resources.

To RSVP and for more information about the conference, contact Gina Lettiere at glettiere@greatlakes.org or (312) 939-0838 ext. 228.

Potential members interested in joining the Partnership should contact Joel Brammeier at jbrammeier@greatlakes.org or (312) 939-0838 ext. 224.

For more information, see http://www.greatlakes.org/news/092806.asp

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Formed in 1970, the Alliance for the Great Lakes (formerly the Lake Michigan Federation) is the oldest independent citizens' Great Lakes organization in North America. Its mission is to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. More about the Alliance for the Great Lakes is online at www.greatlakes.org.