International Joint Commission
United States and Canada

September 02 , 2003

Great Science and Great Lakes – The Key to Restoration

IJC Honors Dr. Jan Ciborowski with
2003 Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science


To publicly recognize that great science is key to Great Lakes restoration, the International Joint Commission (IJC) today announced that Dr. Jan Ciborowski , a renowned professor at the University of Windsor ( Ontario ), is the first recipient of the IJC Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science.   Dr. Ciborowski will receive the award when he presents the keynote address at the IJC 2003 Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting on September 20, 2003 on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor .

“The key to restoring the Great Lakes is supporting the scientific research necessary to understand the biology, chemistry and physics of the lakes,” said Dennis Schornack, U.S. chair of the IJC.   “Dr. Ciborowski’s work is helping policy makers on both sides of the border make critical decisions regarding the restoration of Lake Erie .

This inaugural award is being granted to Dr. Ciborowski by t he IJC for his outstanding contributions to t he Lake Erie Millennium Network and its assessment of ecosystem he alth.   His research has had a significant positive influence on environmental quality and t he he alth of t he Great Lakes basin ecosystem.   T he IJC assists t he United States and Canada in implementing t he Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and Professor Ciborowski’s work has been invaluable in t he binational effort of restoring and maintaining t he c he mical, physical and biological integrity of our Great Lakes .

“There are great scientists on both sides of the border who are dedicated to restoring the Great Lakes ,” said the Rt. Honourable Herb Gray, chair of the Canadian Section of the IJC.   “With Professor Ciborowski’s leadership, the Network has developed a cooperative approach to research and restoration strategies for Lake Erie by applying the expertise and concerns of the public, regulatory agencies and the academic community to enrich our understanding of Lake Erie ’s most pressing problems.”

Restoring the Greatness Forum

In addition to Dr. Ciborowski’s presentation, a key highlight of the IJC conference will be the Restoring the Greatness forum on Saturday, September 20.   This forum will bring together government officials from Canada and the United States , leaders of Great Lakes environmental organizations and other basin stakeholders for a public discussion of proposed restoration strategies.   Moderated by well-known public television commentator and newspaper columnist Tim Skubick , this forum will begin the process of creating a shared vision upon which a comprehensive strategy to restore the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem can be built.

Conference Information

The 2003 IJC Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 19-20, 2003 in Ann Arbor , Michigan .   A series of nine workshops on Friday will focus on the latest scientific thinking and policy responses to protect and improve human and ecosystem health, including invasive species, mercury pollution, urbanization, habitat destruction and rehabilitation, impacts of climate change on ecosystem quality, water use and more.   See for more information, events and registration.  

About the International Joint Commission

The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves disputes between the United States and Canada under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments.

In particular, the IJC assists the two countries in the protection of the transboundary environment, including the implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the improvement of transboundary air quality; and it alerts the governments to emerging issues along the boundary that may give rise to bilateral disputes.   The IJC rules upon applications for approval of projects affecting boundary or transboundary waters and regulates the operation of these projects.  

For further information – or to arrange an interview with Dennis Schornack, U.S. chair of the IJC, the Rt. Honourable Herb Gray, Canadian chair of the IJC and Dr. Ciborowski – please contact Jennifer Day at 519-257-6733 or at



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