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Media Advisory: Making A Great Lake Superior conference to be held in Duluth Oct. 29 - 31

Release Date: 10/25/2007
Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, 312-353-6218,

No. 07-OPA199

(Chicago, IL - Oct. 25, 2007) The Making A Great Lake Superior conference will be held at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center Oct. 29 -31. The conference will bring together for the first time researchers, government officials, educators and the public to present and exchange information on the critical issues facing the Lake Superior ecosystem with an emphasis on climate change.

Sessions will include the impact of climate change on the lake, invasive species, low water levels, contaminated areas around the lake, toxic pollutants and new pollution concerns. More than 300 people from throughout the Lake Superior basin are expected to attend.

Speakers will include Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson, EPA Regional Administrator Mary Gade, Arctic explorer Will Steger, former EPA Assistant Administrator Tracy Mehan and John Austin of the Brookings Institution, as well as other experts on Lake Superior and the Great Lakes. In addition, Lake Superior mayors and tribal leaders will participate in a panel discussion about critical issues facing the lake.

The conference agenda is available at

The meeting will also be available on the Internet as a Web cast and by telephone. A live Web cast can be accessed at To listen by telephone, dial 877-446-8439 toll-free and give the operator the ID code. ID codes for each day are available on the conference Web site.

The conference is sponsored by EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office, Environment Canada and Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.

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