The IJC held its last round of public consultations around the Great Lakes in 2016-2017 in several locations around the lower lakes – particularly Lakes Erie and Ontario. This year, the IJC is visiting communities primarily in the upper lakes: along Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
Next up in our series of public consultations are three meetings in July and August, organized with the help of several regional organizations, foundations and local governments. Each meeting is unique in the topics discussed and its format. Please join our new Commissioners to discuss progress by Canada and the United States to restore and protect the lakes through the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (read the 2019 Progress Report of the Parties at binational.net) and learn about and discuss successes, challenges and key issues in each community:
July 24, 6:30-8:30 pm, at the West Bay Beach Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan: Local organizations will host informational tables and booths for you to learn about regional water protection efforts before a moderated conversation begins with audience participation. Topics will include protecting areas of high water quality, enhancing water literacy, and opportunities and challenges for the region’s collaborative model to protect the Grand Traverse region’s water resources. Click here for free registration.
August 6, 4-6 pm, at the Canadian Legion in Collingwood, Ontario: Microplastics, chemical and nutrient contamination, invasive Phragmites and local development are the top issues to be discussed at this meeting. After short presentations by local experts, participants will discuss these and other topics in small groups, followed by summaries presented from each group. Click here for free registration.
August 7, 7-9 pm, at the Goderich Columbus Hall in Goderich, Ontario: The region’s Coastal Action Plan will be discussed as well as water quality issues related to recreation, the connection between agriculture and water quality, and success stories to ensure a healthy Lake Huron. The meeting will include panel presentations and conversation with meeting participants. Click here for free registration.