ALLIANCE FOR THE GREAT LAKES
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007
Contact: Cameron Davis, 312-375-2004 (cell)
Annual HOW Conference to Set Great Lakes Priorities for 2008
Great Lakes experts from around the country will gather in Chicago Thursday for the kickoff of the 3rd Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference, hosted this year by the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
The conference, to be attended by more than 250 scientists, environmentalists, business and community leaders, regulators, tribal leaders, lawmakers and recreational interests, runs through Saturday at the Palmer House Hilton, near Millennium Park and the Chicago lakefront.
Every day, new news about a new threat to the Great Lakes is hitting the headlines, said Cameron Davis, Alliance president and incoming co-chairman of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.
People from around the region will be gathering to keep the momentum going in reversing this tide of threats so we can leave the Great Lakes better than the way we found them, Davis said.
The conference is held each year to further stakeholders understanding of the complex issues facing the Lakes and the actions they can take to protect them.
Participants work to advance restoration of the Great Lakes by unifying the region behind a priority list of restoration programs to advocate for in Washington, D.C. This includes building a compelling case for passing the national Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act, and inspiring local residents and organizations to join the drive to restore the Lakes.
Other featured issues:
* Internationally renowned economists will present a groundbreaking study quantifying the economic benefits of implementing the Great Lake Regional Collaboration strategy.
* Top regional scientists will update the state of the Great Lakes health, as well as the latest science about global warming and its profound impacts on Great Lakes water levels, ice cover and water temperature.
* Policy staff from the major 2008 presidential campaigns have been invited to talk about their candidates environmental and Great Lakes platforms.
Funding and support for the conference is provided by Peter M. Wege, the Wege Foundation and the Joyce Foundation. Registration for the event ends with the close of business today.
The Hilton is located at 17 East Monroe Street in downtown Chicago. For more conference information or directions, see: http://www.greatlakes.org/calendar/restoration_conference.asp
Formed in 1970, the Alliance for the Great Lakes (formerly the Lake Michigan Federation) is the oldest independent citizens' 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 information is online at www.greatlakes.org.
Alliance for the Great Lakes