Release date: Immediate - May 20, 1998
International Great Lakes Community to Meet in Milwaukee to Discuss
Great Lakes Water Quality at 1999 Biennial Forum of the International
The International Joint Commission announces that it has selected Milwaukee, Wisconsin
as the site of its 1999 Biennial Forum on Great Lakes Water Quality. The theme of partnerships
and progress in cleaning up the Great Lakes will be the focus of the meeting to be held
September 24-26, 1999.
Under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the International Joint Commission
prepares a comprehensive assessment every two years on progress to clean up the Great Lakes.
As part of this assessment, the Biennial Forum provides an opportunity for citizens, government
officials, industry, environmental organizations, scientists, the media and others from Canada and
the United States to meet and discuss issues of concern regarding the Great Lakes ecosystem and
to provide information to the Commission. Other scheduled events during the three-day meeting
will include presentations by the U.S. and Canadian governments on their programs and progress
to clean up the Great Lakes, educational workshops, and time for attendees from around the
Great Lakes basin to network and caucus. All sessions are open to the public.
"The International Joint Commission is excited about the opportunity to host this next
biennial forum on Lake Michigan and in the city of Milwaukee," said U.S. Commissioner and
Indiana resident Susan Bayh. "IJC has an on-going interest in the productive, community-led
cleanup efforts around Lake Michigan and this meeting will give us an opportunity to share these
ideas with others from around the Great Lakes basin to build partnerships and good working
IJC is a binational Canada-United States organization established by The Boundary
Waters Treaty of 1909 to help the two Governments prevent and resolve disputes over use
waters along the U.S. and Canada boundary. Under the 1978 Great Lakes Water Quality
Agreement, IJC assesses progress by the two counties to restore and maintain the
physical and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.