Monday, May 5, 2008

Next IJC Biennial Meeting October 6-7, 2009, In Windsor, Ontario

May 1: The International Joint Commission's (IJC's) next Biennial Meeting will take place on October 6-7, 2009, in Windsor, Ontario. The meetings will be held at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts. The IJC holds a Biennial Meeting every two years to hear from scientists and the public about issues relating to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and to assist the Commission with preparing its Biennial Report on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. These reports assess the governments’ progress in meeting the goals of the Agreement to restore the physical, biological and chemical integrity of the Great Lakes waters. The upcoming meeting in Windsor will assist the IJC in preparing its 15th Biennial Report.

The IJC was established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help prevent and resolve disputes by the United States and Canada over the use of the waters they share. Under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the Commission is charged with making a full report to the federal, state and provincial governments in the Great Lakes basin every two years on progress toward achieving the general and specific objectives of the Agreement.

Access an IJC announcement (click here). Access the IJC website for additional information (click here).

Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Teleconference May 13

May 5: The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) Executive Subcommittee invites interested stakeholders to participate in or observe teleconference discussion on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM CDT regarding ongoing and planned activities of the GLRC. The topics for discussion include: Update on GLRC Initiatives; Future actions on GLRC Initiatives; Continuing follow-up from previous Public Call; and Questions and Comments from Stakeholders.

Persons wishing to participate in the call should email GLRC staff prior to the call to let them know who will be participating in the teleconference. The teleconference will accommodate up to 125 participants with participation on a first come, first serve basis. However, persons may listen to the call on the Internet without participating.

Access complete instructions for participating or listening only (
click here). Access current information on the GLRC Initiatives (click here). Access a summary of the February 19 teleconference call (click here). Access the GLRC website for additional information (click here).