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15th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference

November 6, 2015 at the University of Toledo College of Law

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur will be the keynote speaker at the 15th annual Great Lakes Water Conference on Friday, November 6 at the University of Toledo College of Law.

Three panels of experts also will be featured.  The Algae panel will explore legal solutions and a regional approach to the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie; the Pipelines panel will focus on challenges arising from an important network of petroleum pipelines located near valuable water resources; and the More Hot Topics speakers will discuss a controversial new federal rule defining the scope of the Clean Water Act, a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision affecting TMDLs and impaired waters, and a proposed diversion of water out of the Great Lakes basin.

The conference is free to the public, and attorneys can earn 4.5 hours of Ohio CLE for $75. 

For more information or to register for CLE and/or a box lunch, go to

The conference is sponsored by the University of Toledo College of Law and its affiliated Legal Institute of the Great Lakes.

State of Lake Huron Meeting

Dates/Time:    November 4th & 5th, 2015; 8:30 – 5:00

Location:        Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

500 W. Fletcher Street               

Alpena, MI 49707


The Lake Huron Partnership is happy to announce that registration is now open for the State of Lake Huron Meeting.  This two day meeting will bring together scientists, resource managers, and interested members of the public from the United States and Canada to discuss the current science and status of Lake Huron, including the St. Marys River. 


Attendees can expect to learn about a wide range of Lake Huron issues including aquatic ecosystem changes, nutrient and food web dynamics, fish and wildlife contaminants, aquatic habitats, and more.  The meeting will also provide an opportunity for participants to engage in discussions that will help to define the binational science and monitoring priorities for Lake Huron’s 2017 year of cooperative study.  A draft meeting agenda is attached.


The State of Lake Huron Meeting is expected to be free however participants are responsible for costs associated with Lodging, travel, and meals.


Registration will be open until October 23, 2015 and space is limited to the first 85 registrants.  So, please register early to reserve your spot.  To register please use the following link:


Lodging:  A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of November 3rd, 4th, & 5th at The Sanctuary Inn.  Room rates are $79.00/night (plus applicable taxes) in US dollars.  To reserve a room please contact The Sanctuary Inn and ask for the “State of Lake Huron Meeting” block of rooms.  Rooms will be held until October 6th so please make your lodging reservations early to ensure room availability and rates.


The Sanctuary Inn

1000 US 23 North

Alpena, Michigan 49707

Phone# 989-356-2151


Please feel free to forward this email to others in your organization that may have in interest in the Lake Huron Partnership’s State of Lake Huron Meeting


If you have any questions please contact Bretton Joldersma (; 517-284-5048) or Greg Mayne (; 905-336-6021)


We look forward to seeing you this fall.




The Lake Huron Partnership

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here.

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here.

The Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum 2015: “A Watershed Beyond Boundaries: Stewardship of our Shared Waters” is a 3-day event full of important and interesting presentations.

On Opening Night, Wednesday October 7, a Welcoming Reception will be hosted at the spectacular Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre. The forum takes place on the following two days.

Sharing Water Science” is the theme for Day 2, Thursday October 8. Specialists, scientists, local government representatives among others will present on topics such as climate variation, water supply, fisheries recovery, water quality, and more.

Ensuring sustainability” is the focus of Day 3, Friday October 9. Closing day sessions will include presentations about drought and conservation, local actions, living on the lake, invasive species, and more.

For more information, and to register, please visit the event website at:

11th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference

hosted by the

Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition

September 29, 30 + October 1


The Drake Hotel
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 787-2200

Register now.

Each year the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition brings together a diverse group of more than 400 people from throughout the Great Lakes region to attend the Great Lakes Restoration Conference. The conference provides a 3-day forum for participants to learn about important Great Lakes restoration issues, network at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes supporters and activists, and develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals.

 In 2015, the Coalition’s Great Lakes Restoration Conference is again being held in collaboration with U.S. and Canadian federal environmental agencies, the International Joint Commission, the Great Lakes Commission, and many major funders in the region. The collective gathering—known as Great Lakes Week—will attract close to 700 activists, government representatives, industry leaders, tribal members, environmental consultants, and academic institutions under one roof to network and collaborate on issues of critical urgency facing the Great Lakes.

 This year the conference will be held in Chicago, Ill. at the famous Drake Hotel. Opened in 1920, this upscale hotel is in a landmark building along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. You’ll stay just off Chicago’s Gold Coast, one block from the Lakefront Trail and a 10-minute walk to the nearest L train station. Enjoy an evening reception at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, attend the Joint Session lunch with the Great Lakes Commission and other federal agencies, experience diverse field trips, and enjoy an unscheduled evening strolling the Magnificent Mile on the Gold Coast or eating at some of the finest restaurants in the city!

The Coalition has reserved a block of rooms for attendees to stay at the Drake.

Conference registration is $275 when you stay at the Drake Hotel

Conference registration is $375 when you stay elsewhere (local exempt)

 The room rate at the Drake Hotel is $259 per night. Rooms must be reserved during the conference registration process. Roommates are encouraged!

 Parking is available at the hotel, but public transportation is encouraged.

For more information, please visit the event website at:

The 2015 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 28-29, 2015, at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago, Ill.  This year’s meeting will be held in conjunction with the 11th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference, hosted by the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition.

For more information, and to register, please visit the event website at:

The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control of the International Joint Commission invites you to participate in a teleconference-webinar on the evening of September 15, 2015, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT to discuss the regulation of outflows and water levels in the Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River System.    

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

By toll-free telephone:  by dialing the following number after 6:50 p.m.  Please mention “St. Lawrence River Control Board” to the operator:

  English access code:  9676070
1-877-413-4814 FREE    French access code:  8121290
  Bilingual access code:  4877135

By webinar: Webinar Instructions

The Board presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. Following the presentation, the Board will ask to hear comments and questions over the three telephone lines.  You may download the presentation from the Board’s website.  Any updates will be posted by September 10, 2015.

QUESTIONS    Inquiries about the teleconference-webinar may be directed to the St. Lawrence River Board of Control Secretaries.

Download the Invitation

Visit the International St. Lawrence River Board of Control website.

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here.

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here.

The International Niagara Board of Control invites you to an open house on the subject of matters affecting flows and levels in the Niagara River. In addition, information on operation of the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom and on current Great Lakes’ water levels will be presented.

The purpose of this open house is to inform the public of the Board's current activities and to hear public comments and suggestions regarding the Board's work.

- See more at: 

International Joint Commission invites public comment on “Report on High Water Levels in the Rainy River Watershed in 2014”

Members of the public and relevant agencies and organizations have 90 days to provide their input to the International Joint Commission (IJC) on the findings, recommendations and issues contained in a new report on 2014 high water levels in the Rainy River watershed. 

Interested parties can comment on the report online or during one or more public meetings that will be hosted by the IJC in conjunction with the Board the week of August 10, 2015. 

The public comment period closes on August 31, 2015.

For more information click here.


First Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Lake Association Network Event

Thursday, August 13
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Rainy River Community College, Room S-119, International Falls, MN
Register at

The International Joint Commission is interested in your views on the important work being carried out under the Air Quality Agreement.

Air Quality Progress Report 2014 - Public consultations 2015

- What do you think about the ongoing efforts of our two countries to address transboundary air quality?

- What issues do you think should have the highest priority?

- What do you think about the information provided in this report?

The IJC invites you to send written comments on this report until July 31, 2015. 

You can comment online or to the address below:

Canadian Section Office

Secretary, Canadian Section
International Joint Commission
234 Laurier Avenue West, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario KIP 6K6  Canada 


For more information please visit the website

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here

Northeast-Midwest Institute to Host July 14 Briefing: "Water Data to Answer Urgent Water Policy Questions: Harmful Algal Blooms, Agriculture, and Lake Erie"

Following the release of the Institute's study on water quality monitoring in the Lake Erie drainage basin, the Institute will host a Capitol Hill briefing on July 14 to provide an overview of the study's findings and recommendations for improving water quality monitoring. Given recent announcements by the States of Ohio and Michigan and the Province of Ontario to reduce nutrient inputs by 40%, efficient, effective, and coordinated monitoring will be essential for evaluating management practices to improve the health of Lake Erie.

When: July 14, 2015, 10 AM

Where: Capitol Visitor Center, SVC-209


Elin Betanzo, Northeast-Midwest Institute

Michael Goff, Northeast-Midwest Institute

Lana Pollack, International Joint Commission

Larry Antosch, Ohio Farm Bureau

Honorary Sponsor: Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

For those unable to attend in person, the Institute will post a video of the briefing on its website after July 14.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Danielle Chesky, Director of the Great Lakes Washington Program at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

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A public comment period on the 10-year Review of the Protection of the Waters of the Great Lakes Report is being held from May 19, 2015 to June 30, 2015. 

The draft report by consultants Ralph Pentland and Alex Mayer analyzes the progress the Great Lakes states and provinces have made over the last 10 years in defending the lakes from diversions, bulk exports and large-scale withdrawals.

The IJC wants to hear from you before preparing its own findings and recommendations for Governments.

You can comment on the draft report until June 30, 2015.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control will once again be in attendance when the Soo Locks hosts its annual open house. The day celebrates the engineers who built the Soo Locks along with the men and women of the past and present who maintain the Locks. People of all ages are invited to come explore the Soo Locks and avail themselves the rare opportunity to walk across the Lock walls.

Make sure to stop by and visit the Board's display, where staff will be happy to discuss Lake Superior regulation, and water levels and flows in the upper Great Lakes system.

More info at:,-2015-313/


The Canadian Water Summit 2015 will be held on June 25, 2015 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, British Columbia. This year's theme is The Energy of Water: Exploring Nexus Opportunities

For more information on this event please visit the website:



The 2015 edition of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Meeting and Conference will take place June 17-19, 2015 and will be hosted by the City of Sarnia and the County of Lambton, Ontario. Bridging Innovation and Change has been chosen as the overarching theme for the event.

For more information on this event visit the website:


The 2015 Leadership Summit of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers hosted by the Council of Great Lakes Governors will be held in Quebec City, Quebec from June 12-14, 2015. The theme of this summit will be "Connecting Across Borders" and focus areas will be Economic Development, Transportation, and the Environment. This is an invitation-only event.

For more information on the event, please visit the website:

The International Joint Commission's International St. Croix River Watershed Board will be hosting a pubic meeting on Wednesday June 10, 2015 at 6 pm Eastern (7 pm Atlantic) at the Garcelon Civic Center in Saint Stephen, New Brunswick. 

All Are Invited to Attend

  • Meet with Canadian and United States IJC Commissioners
  • Provide your comments on the St. Croix River

Local Speakers include: Nature Trust New Brunswick, Saint Croix
International Waterway Commission, and Atlantic Salmon

For additional information contact:
U.S.: Barbara Blumeris Tel: (978) 318-8737 Email:
Canada: Kathryn Parlee Tel: (902) 426-1719 Email:

View the invitation

The International Lake Superior Board of Control invites members of the public to participate in a teleconference-webinar to discuss the regulation of Lake Superior outflows and water levels in the upper Great Lakes system. Specific topics include: Plan 2012, expected deviations, and the Gate Movement Study.

The afternoon of June 9, 2015, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT and
The evening of June 9, 2015, 6:00-7:00 pm EDT
Please note the content will be the same for both sessions.

You must dial into the teleconference to listen to the presentation. To view the presentation, please login to the webinar with the links below or download the materials at All materials will be posted by June 8, 2015.


12:00pm Session: Dial 613-960-7526 or 1-877-413-4814 (Toll free)
Enter pass code: 9062868
6:00pm Session: Dial 613-960-7526 or 1-877-413-4814 (Toll Free)
Enter pass code: 6132608