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11th Annual Meeting & Conference
Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
June 18-20, 2014
Thunder Bay, ON

Thunder Bay 2014 will feature a dynamic conference agenda with fresh ideas around Navigating Change. Check back often for the full list of speakers and events that is currently evolving.



All Day  Registration (Vahalla Inn)
11:30 am to 1 pm Transportation to Prince Arthur's Landing (departing from Valhalla Inn front entrance) 
1 pm Legacy Project Launch/Media Conference (Prince Arthur’s Landing)
Afternoon GLSLCI Business Meetings (Prince Arthur’s Landing)
7 pm Dinner on your own (Waterfront area restaurant list provided)
7 pm to 12 am Transportation to Valhalla Inn (Departure from Prince Arthur's Landing)




7:30 am

Breakfast (Valhalla Inn, Scandia Room)

8 am

Transportation to Chippewa Park (Departure from Valhalla Inn front entrance) 

9 am

Opening Ceremonies (Thursday conference activities to be held at Chippewa Park

9:30 am

Keynote Address - Joel Scheraga, Senior Advisor for Climate Adaptation, USEPA

10 am

Panel 1 - Municipal Adaptation and Resiliency: Cities at the Forefront
In the wake of climate change and recent extreme weather events, municipalities have adapted. This panel aims to demonstrate innovative ideas and partnerships that lead to better preparedness and resilience to extreme weather events.

Confirmed moderator and panelists:
Mayor George Heartwell, Grand Rapids, MI, and member of the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
Mayor Keith Hobbs, Thunder Bay, ON
Brad Doff, Sustainability Coordinator (Acting), City of Thunder Bay
Heather Stirratt, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Jamie Favors, NASA-Develop Program

11 am

Sustainable Municipal Water Management Public Report Presentation
Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee, WI

11:15 am 

Break with exhibitors

11:30 am 

Panel 2 – Energy Transportation in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region

In light of recent events, from the Kalamazoo River spill to the Lac-Mégantic disaster and the debate over pipeline development in North America, this panel will discuss the transportation of fossil energies through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region and its impacts on municipalities.

Confirmed moderator and panelists:
Mayor Steve Arnold, St. Clair Township, ON
Andy Buchsbaum, Great Lakes Regional Executive Director - National Wildlife Federation
Dr. Ali Asgary, Associate Professor, Emergency Management, York University
Jim Donihee, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

12:30 pm


1:15 pm

Keynote Address - Amy Freeze, Meteorologist, WABC-TV (New York City)

1:45 pm Keynote Address - Gordon Walker, Commissioner and Acting Canadian Chair, International Joint Commission

2:15 pm

Panel 3 – Current and Emerging Issues for Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities

Our lakes, river and region are constantly evolving and different issues arise on a regular basis, while others are always present. Different strategies to address these issues are also published every year. This panel addresses some of them as plastic pollution, nutrient loadings and shoreline issues are discussed.

Confirmed moderator and panelists:
Mayor Denis Lapointe, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC
Mike Goffin, Regional Director, Ontario Region - Environment Canada
Dr. Sherri "Sam" Mason, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Environmental Program Coordinator - State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia
Serge Villeneuve, Advisor, Scientific Integration - Environment Canada

3:15 pm

Break with exhibitors

3:30 pm  Student Conference Presentation

3:45 pm


Panel 4 - Cultural and Historical Heritage: An Influence Over the Entire Region
As we work towards shaping the present and the future of our region, this panel will look at the past and touch on the cultural and historical references found in the Lake Superior area and how they have impacted the whole Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region.

Confirmed moderator and panelists:
Mayor Debbie Amaroso, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Bill Skrepichuk, Lake Superior Maritime Historian
Bill Ross, Archaeologist, Ross Archaeological Research Associations and President - Canadian Archaeological Association
Dr. Scott Hamilton, Lakehead University

4:45 pm

Transportation to Valhalla Inn (Departure from Chippewa Park Pavillion)

5:45 pm

Transportation to Gala Dinner at Fort William Historical Park (Departure from Valhalla Inn front entrance)

6 pm

Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner (Fort William Historical Park)

9:30 -10:30 pm

Transportation to Valhalla Inn


7:30 am

Breakfast (Friday activities to take place at the Valhalla Inn, Scandia Room, until 10am)

8:30 am

Special Presentation: Marine Mammal Research and Education Group - John G. Shedd Aquarium

9:15 am

Closing Ceremonies and Presentation from 2015 Host

10 am

Tour Departure (Departure from Valhalla Inn entrance)

1-2 pm

Tour return to Valhalla Inn


International Lake Superior Board of Control Webinars
June 17, 2014
2pm EDT and 6pm EDT 


The International Lake Superior Board of Control (Board) invites you to participate in a
teleconference and webinar with the public on Tuesday afternoon, June 17, 2014 at 2 and/or 6 pm.

Everyone is invited to join in and listen to either or both Webinars to obtain updates about Board activities, current hydrological conditions, and ask any questions or provide comments you may have.

For more information please visit the following page:

You can consult the minutes of past meetings here :

"World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet."

For more information visit the World Environment Day website:

St. Croix River Watershed Board Public Meeting
June 3, 2014
6pm to 8pm
Washington County Community College 
One College Drive
Calais, Maine

The International St. Croix River Watershed Board invites you to attend their annual public meeting. Please take this opportunity to meet the IJC Canadian Commissioner, Hon. Benoit Bouchard and and US Commissioner Dereth Glance and provide your input to the IJC and the Board on St. Croix River issues. 

Bob Lent, Maine District Chief, USGS will provide a presentation on the on Spednic Lake studies. There will also be an overview of Board Activities, and information on planning for the Fall 2014 Science Forum.

For more information please visit the St. Croix Watershed Board website:

Great Lakes Fishery Commission
June 3-4, 2014
Chicago, Illinois 


Annual Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, June 3
7:30am - 8:50am U.S. Advisors’ Breakfast

7:30am - 8:50am Canadian Advisors’ Breakfast

9:00am - 11:30am Advisors’ Meeting
(Members Only)

12:00pm - 1:30pm Awards Luncheon

1:30pm - 5:00pm Annual Plenary Session

6:30pm - 9:30pm Reception at Shedd Aquarium
(with GLEC)

Wednesday, June 4
7:00am - 8:20am Canadian Section Meeting
(Commissioners and Advisors)

7:00am - 8:20am U.S. Section Meeting
(Commissioners and Advisors)

8:30am - 12:00pm Annual Plenary Session


Water: What is The Future We Want?

The Ontario Branch will be hosting CWRA's 67th National Congress and Annual General Meeting

June 2 – 4, 2014
at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
City of Hamilton, Ontario

* Acting Canadian Chair Gordon Walker will be part of a Great Lakes Plenary Session Panel on June 2 from 8 am to 10:30 am. 

For more information, please visit CWRA's website:


Essex Region Children's Water Festival
May 27-30, 2014
Location: Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village 
6155 Arner Townline
County Road 23, RR#2
Kingsville, ON


"The Essex Region Children's Water Festival educates thousands of Grade 3, 4 and 5 students about the critical importance of clean water to their future." Visit the website for more information:


The 57th Annual Conference of the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) will be held in Hamilton, ON on May 26 to 30, 2014. The theme for this year's conference is Ecosystem in Transition.

For more information on the event, visit IAGLR's website:

League of Women Voters, Ann Arbor Chapter
May 20, 2014
Kerrytown Concert House
415 N. 4th Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI

U.S. Chair Lana Pollack will be speaking at the event. 
For more information please visit the website:


Clinton River Festival
May 16, 2014
Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan


The Clinton River Water Festival is an educational and enjoyable learning experience for fifth-grade students from the Clinton River Watershed community schools in Oakland County. The festival design allows students to learn about the central role water and the Clinton River play within the region. Some of the topics that are explored during the festival include: storm water, waste water treatment, soil erosion, wetlands, creeks and streams, habitat, as well as sources of pollution. Several governmental and environmental agencies work with Pre-College Programs to plan and execute the festival at Oakland University.

Great Lakes Workshop Series on Remote Sensing of Water Quality

Second Workshop Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI
May 7-8, 2014


  • Summarize the March workshop held in Cleveland and address unanswered questions that arose in that meeting
  • Host additional focused presentations on a range of aspects of the current science of Great Lakes remote sensing (status of currently sensed variables, instrumentation for current and planned water quality-related missions)
  • Advance the data gap prioritizing and research priorities discussion.
  • Focus on data distribution methods and websites for the Great Lakes
  • Seek additional input from stakeholders on their needs, including parameters and data that could be potentially sensed remotely
  • Enable growth in networking and collaborations for Great Lakes remote sensing investigators and stakeholders
  • Plan follow-on measures to maintain an active Great Lakes remote sensing community
  • Formulate recommendations for submittal to the 2017 NASA Earth Science Decadal Survey based on the gap analysis and other workshop findings.

Loading of all presentation materials on interactive website, including a written summary of user priorities informed by the data gaps discussion from the first meeting. Rapid writing and publishing of a white paper on Great Lakes Remote Sensing of Water Quality focused on priorities to address data gaps and research priorities.

Detroit River Festival
May 8, 2014
Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit River Water Festival is an effort by DTE Energy Foundation and Cranbrook Institute of Science to bring back the Detroit River Water Festival for area school children. It is modeled after the many water festivals that take place in the region including the UM Dearborn Rouge River Water FestivalCranbrook Rouge River Water FestivalClinton River Water FestivalLake St. Clair Water Festival and the Essex Region Children's Waterfest


 21st Annual River Symposium
St. Lawrence College, Cornwall, ON
May 7 and 8, 2014

* IJC Commissioner Dereth Glance will be speaking from 1-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8.

Program at a glance

May 7, 2014


Traditional Native Opening

John St. Marseille, Symposium Chair

Opening talk by F. Henry Lickers - Traditional Knowledge and Science, a developing relationship – The First Nations Approach to Environmental Remediation in the St. Lawrence River.

9:30 – 5:00 pm Proposed Sessions

1) The State of the St. Lawrence River Fish Communities:

Trends and Emerging Issues.
Co-chairs: Matt Windle, St. Lawrence River Institute and
Alastair Mather, Ministry of Natural Resources. 2) Preparing for Our Future: Delisting Areas of Concern,
Chaired by Kristin Geater, Remedial Action Plan Program Officer,
Great Lakes Areas of Concern Section, Environment Canada.

3) Land-Water Interface: The importance of natural and
anthropogenic inputs to nearshore water quality.
Co-Chairs: Andy Bramburger, St. Lawrence River Institute
and Chris Critoph, Raisin Region Conservation Authority.

5) Safeguarding Habitats, Species at Risk
and Biodiversity: Success Stories and Current Challenges.
Chair: Brian Hickey, St. Lawrence River Institute

May 8, 2014

9:00 am Opening introductions
9:10 am to 10:30 pm

Surviving the Perfect Storm- Managing your Water,
Wastewater and Stormwater Risks in Light of Climate change

Panel Discussion-

Water Risk and Liability in Light of Climate Change

Ed McBean, University of Guelph
Overview of Connections between Water, Wastewater, Stormwater Risks in Light of Climate Change

Dan Sandink, Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction –Insurance/Liability

Christine Zimmer, Credit Valley Conservation –watershed perspective

John St. Marseille, City of Cornwall- local challenges facing water,
wastewater, stormwater resource

10:45 am to 12:00

Breakout Group- Defining Risk

12:00 noon lunch and exhibitors

* 1:00 to 1:30 pm Dereth Glance, Commissioner,
International Joint Commission

1:40 pm – 300 pm
Panel Discussion-Tools for Minimizing Risk

David Lapp, Engineers Canada –PIVEC

Phil James, Credit Valley Conservation – LID performance

Gail Krantzenberg, McMaster University How Governance can be Used as an Incentive for Minimize

Risk Eric Tourisgant, City of Ottawa, “ Wet Weather Issues at the City of Ottawa”

2:30 - 3:30 pm
Breakout Discussion- Tools for Resiliency.



International Forum on Integrated Water Management, Third Edition: Tools for Change



Commissioner Bouchard will participate in a Roundtable discussion on Great Lakes and St Lawrence Management: Assessment, Expectations and Collaborations 

For more information, visit

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here



8:30 AM International St. Lawrence River Board of Control, International Niagara Board of Control, and International Lake
                 Superior Board of Control 

10:45-11:45   International St. Croix River Watershed Board

12:45-1:45      International Red River Board

1:45-2:45        International Souris River Board

3:00-4:00        International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board

4:00-4:45        Lake of the Woods Water Quality Plan of Study Task Team 



8:30 - 9:30    Great Lakes Water Quality Board

9:30-10:30    Great Lakes Science Advisory Board

10:45-11:45  Health Professionals Advisory Board

1:00-2:00       Transboundary Hydrographic Data Harmonization Task Force 

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here.

2014/04/22 Earth Day 2014



Earth Day 2014

April 22nd is Earth Day. To learn more about this event please visit the websites below.

Earth Day Network:

Earth Day Canada:

The U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission, Lana Pollack, is a speaker at this event.

A high-level symposium of leading Great Lakes scientists and policymakers focused on the ecological, economic, engineering, hydrological, policy, political and social aspects of changing Great Lakes levels.



Dereth Glance, U.S. Commissioner of the International Joint Commission will be speaking at this event.

 The CNY A&WMA Annual Technical Conference is co-sponsored by the CNY Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and will feature numerous speakers that are experts in their fields. The conference will feature a keynote speaker in a plenary session, followed by one morning, and two afternoon periods with concurrent sessions. Lunch and an afternoon sundae break are included in conference admission. 

Attendees can expect to walk away with vendor information, networking contacts, new ideas, Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for Engineers, Certification Maintenance (CM) points for Industrial Hygienists, and cutting edge information from exciting speakers. For more information about the speakers and agenda, please 
Download the Conference Brochure

The conference will be held at The Lodge @ Welch Allyn in Skaneateles Falls.

For more information visit:




In 2014, the UN System – working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders – is collectively bringing its attention to the water-energy nexus, particularly addressing inequities, especially for the 'bottom billion' who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services. It also aims to facilitate the development of policies and crosscutting frameworks that bridge ministries and sectors, leading the way to energy security and sustainable water use in a green economy. Particular attention will be paid to identifying best practices that can make a water- and energy-efficient 'Green Industry' a reality.

Find out more about UN World Water Day here:

The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control invites you to participate in a teleconference-webinar to discuss the regulation of outflows and water levels in the Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River System.

The evening of March 18, 2014, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT.

You can participate in either of two ways: by phone or by webinar.

By toll-free telephone 1-877-413-4814 (you are encouraged to dial in by 6:50 p.m.):
Access Code: English: 7311992 French: 6454617

Please mention “St. Lawrence River Control Board” to the operator.

You will need to download the meeting materials from the Board’s website:

Any updates will also be posted by March 14, 2014 on the Web site.

By webinar: see the Board website for directions

The Board presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. and can be viewed by webinar. Those listening in by phone may also download the presentation slides in advance (see above). Following the presentation, the Board will ask to hear comments and questions over the three telephone lines.

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here

The 11th International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum will take place on March 12 and 13, in International Falls, Minnesota. 

The Forum is a professional symposium intended for researchers and resource managers working and/or interested in research and management activities related to the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed.

For more information please visit here: