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GLIN==> International Joint Commission 2007 Great Lakes Biennial Meeting and Conference, June 6 - 8

The IJC is pleased to announce its 2007 Great Lakes Biennial Meeting and Conference, to be held on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago (web site - campus map), in Chicago, Illinois June 6 – 8, 2007.


About the Great Lakes Biennial Meeting and Conference

The event begins Wednesday, June 6, 5:30 pm with a welcoming reception hosted by UIC and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Following the reception there will be a keynote address (speaker to be announced). All are welcome.


The two-day conference and public meeting will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8, 2007. The Biennial Meeting on Thursday is free of charge and open to all. There is a US $100 (CAD $120) registration fee to attend the conference and luncheon on Friday. Register early to guarantee seating in the session of your choice. All workshops will be held at the Office of Admissions Student Services Building. For complete details about speakers and events, please see the meeting and conference agendas.


The IJC will present the 2007 Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science on Thursday, June 7 during lunch.


About the Great Lakes Biennial Meeting and Conference and Review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

Article X of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement directs the governments of the United States and Canada to review of the operation and effectiveness of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement following every third IJC biennial report. The release of the 13th Biennial Report in February supports this review.

This two-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 on a wide range of topics fundamental to the review of the Agreement and its future. Click here for resource documents and information regarding the review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.


The current Agreement was signed in 1978 and was amended in 1987. It has not been updated or changed in more than 19 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.


Wednesday, June 6, 2007

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Opening Reception on the Terrace, Welcome from IJC

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Keynote Address, Welcome from Mayor Daley (Invited) - Keynote Speaker (To Be Confirmed)

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. To Be Determined


Thursday, June 7, 2007 - Great Lakes Biennial Meeting

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Methods of Measuring and Assessing Progress under the Agreement

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Review of Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 2007 Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Municipalities Matter Stakeholder Forum

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Great Lakes Town Hall moderated by Commissioner Jack Blaney, former president of Simon Fraser University



Friday, June 8, 2007 - Great Lakes Conference

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Science and policy sessions

1. Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans:

2. Can invasive carp be stopped? Status of the CSSC Electric Fish Dispersal Barrier

3. Sustainable Management of Groundwater Resources: Supply, Demand and Aquifer Protection

4. Effective Urban Policy: Lessons for Sustainable Cities


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Conference Luncheon


1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Science and policy sessions continue

5. Deteriorating Sewer and Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure: A Challenge to Sustainability?

6. Green Building and Sustainable Development: Measuring Success

7. Protecting and Enhancing Human Health in our Urban Environments


NB: Further details on meeting and conference sessions will be announced separately.


Lodging & Directions


The International Joint Commission (IJC) has reserved hotel accommodations at the hotels listed below.  Please refer to the "IJC Room Block" when you make your reservation.


Crowne Plaza Chicago Hotel (June 5-8, 2007)

733 West Madison

Chicago, Illinois 60661




Rate: $169.00 per night, plus 15.4% tax

Cut off deadline: Friday, May 4, 2007

Valet parking available at $35.00 per car per night (If Applicable)

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Chicago opened July 2005! Luxury, Dynamic, Upscale and Trendy all rolled up in one, the Chicago Metro reflects the boldness and diversity of the great city.  Located in the trendy West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, the Crowne Plaza is just blocks away from the Financial District, The United Center, Harpo Studios (Home of the Oprah Winfrey Show), The University of Illinois-Chicago Campus (UIC) and the Illinois Medical District.


Marriott Chicago at Medical District/UIC (June 5-8, 2007)

625 South Ashland Avenue at Harrison Street

Chicago, IL 60607


312-529-6080 fax


Rate: $173.00 per night, plus 15.4% tax

Cut off deadline: Sunday, May 6, 2007

Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC, just one block south of Interstate 290, is removed from the congestion of Chicago's Loop, yet just minutes from downtown.  The elegant, European-style hotel is within 1 block of University of Illinois at Chicago and Rush University Medical Center.  Complimentary shuttle service within a one-mile radius of the hotel.


Holiday Inn & Suites – Chicago Downtown (June 6-8, 2007)

506 West Harrison Street

Chicago, IL 60607


312-583-4463 fax


Rate: $169.00 per night, plus 15.4% tax

Cut off deadline: Monday, May 7, 2007

Valet parking available at $30.00 per night (If Applicable)

Recently renovated boutique style Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago Downtown offers affordable rates, unbeatable value, and a warm friendly staff.  The hotel is conveniently located in the bustling West Loop area.  Just blocks away from the Sears Tower, Amtrak/Union Station, Greek Town, Little Italy, and University of Illinois Chicago Campus.


Directions to UIC


By car

UIC is just west of the junction of three major expressways: the Eisenhower (I-290), Kennedy (I-90/94 Northwest), and Dan Ryan (I-90/94 Southeast). Several exits provide access to the campus: Ashland, Damen, Halsted, Harrison, Morgan, Racine, Roosevelt and Taylor.  From downstate, both I-55 and I-57 feed into northwestbound I-90/94.  Visit Mapquest for detailed driving directions. Weekday Parking: While visiting the Office of Admissions on a weekday, parking is available at the parking structure located on S. Throop St., accessible from W. Harrison St., starting at $2.25 for the first half hour.

Weekend Parking: You will need to park at the Harrison Street Parking Structure on Harrison Street just east of Racine Avenue.


By public transportation

UIC is served by several city bus and rail routes: the Blue Line O'Hare/Congress/Douglas rapid transit trains (U of I/Halsted, Racine, Medical Center, or Polk Street stops) and several bus lines including No. 60 Blue Island-26th Street, No. 8 Halsted, No. 9 Ashland, No. 7 Harrison, No. 12 Roosevelt, No. 126 Jackson, and No. 37 Taylor Street (Sedgwick).   For CTA route information, call 836-7000 from area codes (312), (708) or (815), or visit the CTA web site.  The RTA web site may also be helpful.  TTY users call: 1-800-439-2202.


By commuter train

Downtown terminals Northwestern and Union stations are linked to the southbound No. 60 bus on Clinton Avenue. >From the Rock Island and Illinois Central terminals, take the southwest bound Blue Line O'Hare/Congress/Douglas L train.  You may also walk to campus from the train stations or take the campus shuttle bus.  Visit the Metra web site for train schedules and system maps.


Special Travel Arrangements

The IJC has made special travel arrangements with the following companies for our Chicago meeting:

Air Canada

Call Air Canada’s North America toll free number at 1-800-361-7585 or local number at 514-393-9494 or your travel agent and take advantage of discounted air fares for the Chicago meeting. The special number for the IJC is CV054130.

United Airlines

Reservations, schedule and ticketing information may be obtained by calling the Meeting Plus Reservation Center at 1-800-521-4041. Please refer to the meeting ID number 576DR valid June 3-12, 2007.


Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the lowest available rail fare to Chicago, IL between June 3, 2007 and June 11, 2007. To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent.  Conventions cannot be booked via Internet.  Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X67N-913 when making your reservation.  This offer is not valid on Auto Train. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional and Acela service for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts.  Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.




The Biennial Meeting on Thursday, June 7 is free and open to all.


The registration fee for the 2007 Great Lakes Conference on Friday, June 8 is US$100 or CAD$120This fee also includes the Wednesday, June 6 evening Opening Reception and Friday Conference Luncheon events.




Contact Us


International Joint Commission
Great Lakes Regional Office
100 Ouellette Ave 8th Floor
Windsor ON N9A 6T3
Phone: 519-257-6700


International Joint Commission
Great Lakes Regional Office
PO Box 32869
Detroit MI 48232-2869
Phone: 313-226-2170
Fax: 519-257-6740



International Joint Commission
234 Laurier Avenue West 22nd Floor
Ottawa ON K1P 6K6
Phone: 613-995-2984
Fax: 613-993-5583

Nick Heisler
Senior Advisor to the Chair
Phone: 613-992-8367
Email: heislern@ottawa.ijc.org


International Joint Commission
1250 23rd Street NW Suite 100
Washington DC 20440
Fax: 202-467-0746

Frank Bevacqua
Public Information Officer
Phone: 202-736-9024
Email: bevacquaf@washington.ijc.org



Bruce B. Brown

Public Affairs Specialist

International Joint Commission

100 Ouellette Avenue 8th Floor

Windsor ON N9A 6T3


Tel (CN): 519-257-6733

Tel (US): 313-226-2170, ext. 6733

Fax: 519-257-6740


Email: BrownB@windsor.ijc.org