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University of Illinois, Chicago

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 and Great Lakes Great Video Awards. Following the reception there will be a keynote address by Mr. Stewart Brand. All are welcome to participate, but registration is required by May 31 for the reception.

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.