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Great Lakes Week events scheduled for Detroit, Oct. 11-14

Release Date: 10/03/2011
Contact Information: Peter Cassell, 312-886-6234, 312-859-9614 (cell), cassell.peter@epa.gov

No. 11-OPA093

(Chicago - October 3, 2011) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Great Lakes Week sponsors have organized a week of activities focused on highlighting Great Lakes protection and restoration, identifying emerging issues, and charting a path forward for further progress. Gathering the annual meetings and conferences of various organizations in one place, makes this one of the most wide-ranging Great Lakes summits in history.

Detroit Public Television will broadcast the week's events live at http://www.greatlakesnow.org. To get access to the feed for broadcast on your station contact Peter Cassell at cassell.peter@epa.gov for details or visit the same site. If you do not live in Metro Detroit, you can still participate by tweeting questions to @CameronDavisEPA with hashtag #AskGLW or posting them on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/epagreatlakes. Select questions will be featured at the Great Lakes Week Panel and Town Hall.

The following meetings and events are scheduled, locations are provided:

October 11

  • Great Lakes Commission Press Conference (Book Cadillac).
  • Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting (Book Cadillac).
  • International Joint Commission - Science Advisory Board Lake Erie Public Meeting (Wayne State University).

October 12
  • Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting (Book Cadillac).
  • International Joint Commission - Special Workshop: "Progress Since 1987" (Wayne State University).
  • GLRI Task Force Meeting (Closed Press - Wayne State University).
    • Announcements will follow during the Joint Session.
  • Great Lakes Week Joint Press Conference (Wayne State University).
    • 12:15 p.m., Conference Room E, McGregor Conference Center.
  • Great Lakes Week Joint Session (Wayne State University) - Open to Public.
    • Media check in at 12:50 p.m.
    • Keynote presentations and video:
      • Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator for the Great Lakes.
      • Lisa P. Jackson, EPA Administrator and Great Lakes Interagency Task Force Chair.
      • Frank Ettawageshik, Executive Director, United Tribes of Michigan.
      • Matthew Cullen, COO of Rock Enterprises.
    • Binational Report and Public Forum with senior officials from EPA and Environment Canada
      • Susan Hedman, EPA Regional Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager
      • Michael Goffin, Great Lakes Regional Director, Environment Canada.
    • IJC Special Presentation to the Joint Session.
    • Great Lakes Week Panel and Town Hall.
      • Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator for the Great Lakes.
      • Michael Goffin, Great Lakes Regional Director, Environment Canada.
      • Lana Pollack, U.S. Section Chair, International Joint Commission.
      • Pierre Trepanier, Commissioner, Canadian Section, International Joint Commission.
      • Dr. Carol Miller, Wayne State University (Moderator).
      • Prof. Marcia Valiente, University of Windsor (Moderator).
  • Great Lakes Week Welcome Reception hosted by the Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition (Detroit Institute of Art) - Separate registration for reception required.

October 13
  • International Joint Commission Biennial Meeting (Wayne State University).
  • 7th Annual Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition Conference (Book Cadillac).
  • U.S. Areas of Concern Program Annual Meeting (Book Cadillac).
    • Keynote: Rachel Jacobson, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Department of the Interior.
  • Former Vice President Al Gore's Special Presentation to the International Joint Commission Biennial Meeting (Wayne State University).
    • Outside recording not allowed, live feed will be available online.
  • Healing Our Waters Poster Happy Hour and Great Laker Awards (Book Cadillac).
  • International Joint Commission walking tour of the Detroit River (Leaves from Wayne State University).
  • Boat tour aboard the Detroit Princess (Leaves from the Detroit Riverfront at 7 p.m. sharp) - Separate registration required.

October 14
  • International Joint Commission Biennial Meeting (Wayne State University).
  • 7th Annual Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition Conference (Book Cadillac).
    • Messages from Members of Congress and the U.S. Senate.
  • U.S. Areas of Concern Program Annual Meeting (Book Cadillac).

The addresses of the locations for the events and meetings are:
  • Wayne State University Community Arts Auditorium/McGregor Memorial Conference, 495 W. Ferry.
  • Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, 1114 Washington Blvd.
  • Detroit Institute of Art, 5200 Woodward Ave.
  • Detroit Princess, 201 Civic Center Drive.

For more information on Great Lakes Week, how to register for events and a more detailed schedule visit http://www.glri.us/glweek.html.

For more on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative visit http://www.glri.us.