October 3, 2006

International Joint Commission Urbanization Symposium Held in Chicago – Stepping Stone to 2007 Biennial Meeting on Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in Chicago in June 2007

The International Joint Commission's (IJC's) Science Advisory Board hosted an "International Symposium on Urban Impacts – Global Lessons for the Great Lakes" in Chicago, Illinois, on September 25-26, 2006. The Symposium is part of a two-year examination of information and issues by IJC Great Lakes Boards over a two-year cycle, leading to advice to the IJC and support for its 2007 Biennial Meeting, which will be held in Chicago starting June 6, 2007.

The Symposium featured over 20 presentations by international experts on the topics of urbanization and land use and their effects on water quality. In addition to Canadian and American experts, presentations were made by experts from Japan, the European Community and Australia.

The outcomes of this Symposium will ultimately be used by IJC Commissioners in formulating advice on urbanization and land use effects on Great Lakes water quality to senior levels of federal, state, provincial and municipal governments.

The IJC’s 2007 Biennial Meeting will be held in Chicago this June on the Campus of the University of Illinois, Chicago. Further details will be announced as they are finalized.

The Symposium’s agenda and other information about the presentations are available upon request to Doug Alley in the IJC Great Lakes Regional Office at or 519‑257‑6703.


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