U.S. EPA recently announced the first Great Lakes Week scheduled for October 11-14, 2011 in Detroit, MI. The theme of Great Lakes Week is "Working Together, Taking Action" and will bring representatives of the U.S. and Canadian governments together, along with other public and private groups, to address how best to implement solutions for the lakes' most challenging concerns.
EPA coordinates the efforts of 15 federal and binational agencies as part of President Obama's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Great Lakes Week advances the GLRI, the largest investment in the lakes in two decades. The lakes provide jobs, recreation and drinking water for more than 30 million people in the Great Lakes basin. Great Lakes Week represents a new partnership to improve the places around the basin where people live, work, learn and play.
The week's activities will focus on progress that has been made in restoration efforts and innovative solutions to challenges affecting the Great Lakes. Hosting the annual meetings and conferences of various organizations in one place will make this one of the most wide-ranging Great Lakes summits in history. The following meetings are scheduled:
- International Joint Commission Biennial Meeting.
- Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting.
- Great Lakes Restoration Federal Meeting (closed press).
- Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition 7th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference.
- Binational Accountability Report & Public Forum.
- Great Lakes Week Panel & Town Hall.
- Detroit River Front Walk and Boat Tour.
- U.S. Areas of Concern Program Annual Meeting.
For more on Great Lakes Week, participating organizations and how to register for events, see www.glri.us/glweek.html.