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Posted 20 August 2009 - 02:30 PM

The International Joint Commission invites you to its

2009 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Biennial Meeting

Windsor, Ontario, October 7-8, 2009

Chrysler Theater - St. Clair Centre for the Arts

The Biennial Meeting is open to the public and will focus on the six Great Lakes Priority issues being investigated by the Commission’s advisory bodies: the nearshore, eutrophication, beach and recreational water quality, binational rapid-response to aquatic invasive species, the benefits and risks of Great Lakes fish consumption, and chemicals of emerging concern.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the Great Lakes ecosystem, scientific research and the real-world operation of international relations. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with hundreds of Great Lakes scientists, researchers and policy-makers alike.

Please register early on the Biennial Meeting website (http://meeting.ijc.org) to guarantee seating in the Priority session of your choice and reserve a lunch. The event is free of charge except for a $15/per day fee for lunch. Each luncheon will feature a keynote speaker, Wednesday’s speaker is TBD and Thursday’s luncheon will feature keynote speaker Dr. Peter Gleick, a world renowned water expert and President of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security.

Please visit the Biennial Meeting website for complete details. Information about speakers and events can be found under the “People” and “Schedule” tabs. Lodging and transportation information, including border crossing, is provided under “About”. Background information on the purpose of each of the Commission’s six Priorities is under “Reports”.

About the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

The original Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was signed by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and President Richard Nixon in 1972. Subsequently a new Agreement was signed in 1978 and amended in 1987. However, the Agreement has not been updated or changed in more than 22 years. During this time, our scientific knowledge and understanding and technology have grown immensely. New threats to the well being of the Great Lakes ecosystem are becoming better defined. In response, on Saturday, June 13, 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon committed to updating the Agreement. Click here for resource documents and information regarding the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (http://www.canamglass.org/glwqa/).

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