May 31, 2005

IJC Honours Murray Charlton with 2005 Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science

Murray Charlton, MSc, a renowned Great Lakes researcher at Environment Canada’s National Water Research Institute at Burlington (Ontario), has been awarded the IJC Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science, the International Joint Commission (IJC) announced today.

Mr. Charlton will receive the award when he presents a keynote address at the IJC’s 2005 Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 in room 1101 of the Biosciences Complex on the campus of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

The IJC is honouring Mr. Charlton for his lifelong and broad-ranging scientific work including his role in conducting a 30-year continuous monitoring program of nutrients, temperature and dissolved oxygen in lakes Erie and Ontario. His accomplishments have directly contributed to progress under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, such as the development of a model used to set the loading objectives in Annex 2 of the agreement. Mr. Charlton is also recognized for his collaborative work with a wide range of researchers, for communicating with the public frequently and effectively, and for playing an active role in community initiatives such as the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan.

"The IJC gives this award to recognize that great science is the key to Great Lakes restoration," said The Right Honourable Herb Gray, chair of the Canadian Section of the IJC. "Science must continue to be the catalyst for coordinated, effective action to restore the lakes," emphasized Dennis Schornack, U.S. Chair of the IJC.

The IJC, which assists the United States and Canada implement the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, is holding its Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting on June 9-11 on the campus of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. It is calling on the public to contribute to the Canadian and United States federal governments’ review of the Agreement by coming to the plenary sessions on Friday and Saturday and expressing their views. The Agreement was last amended in 1987. The public’s views will help ensure that the Agreement continues to guide the governments’ clean-up and protection of the Great Lakes effectively.

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Canadian Minister of the Environment; The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of the Environment; Benjamin H. Grumbles, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for Water; and Steven E. Chester, Director of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will all be making presentations at the conference.

Dr. David Schindler, renowned freshwater ecologist, and Dr. David Suzuki, scientist, author and host of the well-known television program The Nature of Things, will be special keynote presenters at the conference.

Thursday’s workshops on the latest Great Lakes science require a registration fee; registration for the Friday and Saturday sessions is free. Admission to the presentations by Dr. Schindler and Dr. Suzuki is also free and open to the public. Special admission is provided for the media. All participants are requested to register online by June 1st at

For more information, visit (> 2005 Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting) or

The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves disputes between the United States of America 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.


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Washington Frank Bevacqua (202) 736-9024


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