FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dow Chemical Company Vice President Lawrence J. Washington, Jr.
to address IJC's 1999 Great Lakes Water Quality Forum
A noted industry leader will share his perspective on the role of industry in restoring Great Lakes
water quality, and related issues, with participants at the International Joint Commission's (IJC)
1999 Great Lakes Water Quality Forum to be held September 24-26, at the Midwest Express
Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Lawrence (Larry) J. Washington, Jr. is vice president for environment, health and safety, human
resources and public affairs for the Dow Chemical Company, and is also a member of the
Corporate Leadership Team. His keynote address on "creating our sustainable future through
partnerships" will be delivered during the Forum's opening ceremony, which will take place
from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on September 24.
Washington joined Dow in Midland in 1969 in the Special Assignments Program. He completed
several assignments in the Process Development group of Michigan Research and Development
and an assignment as manager of Dow's Shale Oil Research Program before being named
manager of Environmental Services for the Michigan Division in 1980.
Over the next several years, Washington held a variety of manufacturing assignments in the
Michigan Division. In 1987, he was named general manager of the Western Division in
Pittsburg, California, and returned to Midland in 1990 as vice president, Dow North America,
and general manager for the Michigan Division. He moved to Human Resources in 1994 and
assumed additional responsibility for Environment, Health and Safety and Public Affairs in
The Great Lakes Water Quality Forum will feature seminars public hearings, tours, social events
and an Environmental Expo offering the citizens of the Great Lakes community many
opportunities to learn and speak about the world's largest freshwater system. The Forum is open
to the public and there is no registration fee to participate in the meetings. Upwards of 2,000
people are expected to participate.
The International Joint Commission is a binational organization established by the Boundary
Waters Treaty of 1909 to help prevent disputes over the use of waters shared by the United States
and Canada. One of its responsibilities is to provide a comprehensive assess every two years on
progress toward meeting the goals of the 1978 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between
the two countries.
September 15, 1999