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Thursday, November 25, 2010

"Asian Carp and Beyond" Seminar at Wayne State University

The Great Lakes Regional Office of the International Joint Commission (IJC) is inviting the public to attend "Asian Carp and Beyond: Assessment, Prevention and Rapid Response to Aquatic Invasive Species" on Wednesday, December 1st at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit. This free, public seminar is co-sponsored by the WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and will be held from 7 pm to 9 pm in the ballroom on the second floor of the Student Center, 5221 Gullen Mall. (see map)

While the Asian Carp has frequently been the subject of news media attention, this seminar will go beyond the immediate concerns posed by that invader and more broadly examine steps the U.S. and Canada are and should be taking to assess the threat of new invaders, prevent new introductions and evaluate the effectiveness and safety of chemical response tools. The seminar will also preview work funded by the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to develop a binational response plan to aquatic invaders, including the identification of jurisdictional roles and responsibilities with a more detailed focus on the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River.

The seminar is the second in a series updating the public on the priority work being done by the IJC in the Great Lakes to meet its responsibilities under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Held at the University of Windsor, the first seminar featured a presentation by GLRO Director Dr. Saad Jasim and highlighted chemicals of emerging concern. Future seminars will address beach and recreational water quality, harmful and nuisance algae, benefits and risks of Great Lakes fish consumption and the development of a framework for the assessment of nearshore conditions in the Great Lakes.

The seminars culminate in October of 2011 at the IJC’s Great Lakes Biennial Meeting in Dearborn, Michigan, where the public will have the opportunity to attend workshops on all of the priority areas. Reports and recommendations in each area will be made available in advance of the Biennial Meeting so that the public can review the findings and provide comments.

Free parking is available at Parking Structure 5 (corner of Kirby and Anthony Wayne Drive) approximately 1.5 blocks west of the Student Center (see map). Refreshments will be served.

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