2019 Annual Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, in partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, request that you save the date for the 2019 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference. The conference will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 11-12, 2019 at Windows on the River in Cleveland, Ohio. Please mark your calendars, reserve these dates and spread the word to all who may be interested in attending. The conference is tentatively planned to run from 9:30 am on Wednesday, September 11 until Noon on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

2019 Great Lakes Public Forum

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement calls for the U.S. and Canada to convene the Great Lakes Public Forum once every three years to discuss the state of the lakes and progress made under the Agreement, and to provide an opportunity for public input.

The Forum gives the two Parties an opportunity to update the public on the state of the Great Lakes, progress being made under the Agreement, and the Parties’ science and action priorities for the next three years. Additional topics to be covered at the Great Lakes Public Forum include:

  • Lakewide Management
  • Areas of Concern
  • Nutrients
  • Invasive Species
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Chemicals of Mutual Concern; and
  • Discharges from Vessels

Registration will close on Friday, May 31, 2019

Great Lakes, Great Issues Fall Lecture Series – Dynamic Shore: Water, Waves and Coastal Change

Coastal geologic change occurs across time from minutes to millennia and is driven by a variety of processes, including waves, water levels, and ice. Dr. Theuerkauf will explore these processes and dynamics of coastal geologic change along Western Lake Michigan. The mechanisms and implications of coastal change will be discussed as well as the technology and instruments utilized in this work, such as drones, sonar, and sediment coring. The talk will culminate with a discussion of how this research is used to improve coastal management and assess climate change. All lectures are FREE but registration is required at www.LFOLA.org.


Great Lakes American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (GLASBPA) 2018 Conference

The theme of the 2018 conference, “Short term actions towards long-term solutions” will focus on policy, beach preservation and shoreline management issues and opportunities within the Great Lakes. The GLASBPA annual conference provides an opportunity for Great Lakes coastal stakeholders and managers to develop collaborative networks; promote best practices; and learn the latest science, engineering and policy related to our shorelines and ecosystems.

Fee: $25 Suggested Donation (No cost for public employees)

Conference Registration

Link: EventBrite page for Conference Registration

Great Lakes, Great Issues Fall Lecture Series – Toxic Puzzle: Our Health and the Health of the Great Lakes

Following the film, Toxic Puzzle, Dr. Bullerjahn, Director of the NIH/NSF Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health will discuss toxic, nutrient pollution which pose threats to fresh water resources all over the world. This has yielded harmful algae blooms affecting drinking water for tens of millions of people. Prevention and mitigation of these bloom events require an understanding of the environmental conditions. This film and presentation will cover a range of topics ranging from algal physiology to land use management, and how these studies can inform public policy aimed at protecting the public from these threats. All lectures are FREE but registration is required at www.LFOLA.org.

Great Lakes, Great Issues Fall Lecture Series – The Perils of Plastic

Lake Forest Open Lands Association presents an informative and engaging three-lecture series. Join leading research scientists working on the Great Lakes’ most influential environmental, biological, and geological issues and how they affect our daily lives. The first of these lectures, “The Perils of Plastic” with Dr. Sherri (Sam) Mason of the State University of New York, Fredonia. Doctor Mason’s work is at the forefront of research on plastic pollution within freshwater ecosystems. All lectures are FREE but registration is required at www.LFOLA.org.