Friday, October 17, 2008

State Of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference Live Webcast

Oct 17: The State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) on October 22 - 23, will be video webcast live (Windows Media Player required). The SOLEC conferences are hosted by the U. S. EPA and Environment Canada on behalf of the two Countries every two years in response to the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The conferences are intended to provide a forum for exchange of information on the ecological condition of the Great Lakes and surrounding lands. A major purpose is to reach a large audience of people in the government (at all levels), corporate and not-for-profit sectors who make decisions that affect the lakes.

Held in even numbered years, the conferences are the focal point of a process of gathering information from a wide variety of sources and engaging a variety of organizations in bringing it together. In the year following each conference the Governments have prepared a report on the state of the Lakes based in large part upon the conference process.

Highlights for Wednesday, October 22, "State of the Great Lakes" (starting at 9 AM Eastern time): Contaminants, Biotic Communities and Invasive Species; Coastal Zones and Aquatic Habitats; Human Health, Land Use, Resource Utilization, and Climate Change; Keynote Speaker – Thomas Homer-Dixon; Impacts of Changing Land Use; Nearshore Terrestrial Ecosystems Coastal Wetlands; and Nearshore Waters - biological, physical, chemical features.

Highlights for Thursday, October 23 "Ecosystem Status Reports: Lakes and Connecting Channels" (starting at 7:30 AM Eastern time): Lake Superior – Non-native species; Lake Michigan – Botulism; Lake Huron – Beaches and Recreational Water Quality; St. Clair-Detroit River Connecting Channel - Nutrients and algal blooms; Lake Erie – Nutrients and Harmful Algal Blooms; Niagara River – Contaminants; Lake Ontario – Impacts of Water Levels; and Keynote Speaker Peter Annin – "Great Lakes Water Wars."

Access a detailed agenda and webcast information (
click here). Access the SOLEC website for more information (click here). Access the Binational SOLEC website for additional information (click here).