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Joint State of Lake Michigan, Great Lakes Beach conferences in Green Bay Nov. 2 and 3

Release Date: 09/28/2005
Contact Information:

CONTACT: EPA Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218
Kären Thompson, (312) 353-8547
UW Sea Grant Institute Victoria Harris, (920) 465-2795

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA186

CHICAGO (Sept. 28, 2005) — The State of Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes Beach conferences will be held concurrently on Wednesday, Nov. 2, and Thursday, Nov 3, at the KI Convention Center, 333 Main St., in Green Bay, Wis. This is the first time the biennial State of Lake Michigan conference has been held on the western side of the lake.

Topics will include current issues affecting Green Bay, Lake Michigan and Great Lakes beaches such as why nuisance algae blooms have become a more frequent sight and smell at some Lake Michigan beaches. Other subjects include the latest research on causes of beach closures and forecasting; how invasive species may be changing the lake; status reports on Lake Michigan and Green Bay fisheries; new research on the health of Great Lakes coastal wetlands; cleanup of contaminated harbors; and the lake's importance to tourism and local economies.

Participants will include scientists, policymakers, government officials, resource managers, environmentalists, academics and others interested in protecting the Great Lakes and their beaches.

The State of Lake Michigan conference is sponsored by Lake Michigan Forum, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. The Great Lakes Beach conference is sponsored by the Great Lakes Beach Association.

An agenda and registration information is available at Exit EPA disclaimeror by calling University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute at (920) 465-2798.

The conference will coincide with the International Joint Commission's public meeting on the review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., also at the KI Convention Center.