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Great Lakes Week Comes to Public Television

By Michelle Michalos
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
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For the first time in history, the four leading government and private organizations overseeing management of the Great Lakes are meeting in Detroit simultaneously.  Detroit Public Television is providing public access to those discussions with Greak Lakes Now, allowing all affected states, including New York, to be involved in the conference.

Great Lakes Week will take place in Detroit from October 11th to the 14th, and includes simultaneous conferences from the International Joint Commission, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Great Lakes Commission, Healing Our Waters/Great Lakes Coalition, and the EPA’s Areas of Concern annual meeting.

The event marks the largest gathering of scientists, political voices, educators, environmentalists, and interested groups ever assembled to discuss the status and the future of the Great Lakes.

Coverage highlights include:

•    Keynote speakers: Former Vice President Al Gore, U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

•    Great Lakes Town Hall: Wednesday afternoon, with live online audience participation 
(Special Hashtag: #askGLW)

•    Speakers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Washington, Toronto, Windsor, Ottawa, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia

•    Key Issues: Health of the Great Lakes, chemicals of concern, successful restoration efforts, economic and employment opportunities of the Great Lakes, invasive species, water quality, stormwater and wastewater issues, infrastructure issues, and algae bloom.

Live Programming Schedule (EST)
C-Span style coverage of conference sessions, interviews with experts and scientists.

•    Wednesday, October 12:  12N-6PM

•    Thursday, October 13:  8:30AM-5PM

•    Friday, October 14:  8AM-4PM

Watch live coverage here: