UW Sea Grant Outreach
Making a Great Lake Superior
Many people know Lake Superior is a great Great Lake. Keeping it that way is the goal of the “Making a Great Lake Superior 2007” conference Oct. 29–31 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.
“This conference will focus on the most pressing issues facing Lake Superior,” said conference co-organizer Liz LaPlante of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office in Chicago. “We look forward to lively discussions among people from different disciplines. We’ll use facilitated work groups to develop recommendations for research, education, and management.” Lake Superior Basin residents, educators, resource managers, and researchers are invited to attend this meeting. The two-and-a-half-day program will include a mixture of plenary presentations, contributed sessions, exhibits, posters, evening socials, pre-conference community gatherings, and post-conference field trips.
In an effort to practice what it preaches, “Making a Great Lake Superior” will be the first carbon-neutral conference of its size ever held in Duluth. Organizers are reducing the event’s carbon dioxide footprint by several means, including using locally produced products and reducing waste.
“This is the first major conference on Lake Superior in five years, and there’s a lot of interest and a lot of energy going into this event,” said Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Gene Clark, a member of the conference planning work group. “We’re pleased to lend our support and be a part of it.”
For information, visit the conference Web site at www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior2007 or call Minnesota Sea Grant at (218) 726-8106. Conference organizers include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada, and University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program. Twenty-six organizations are sponsoring the event, including U.S. and Canadian government agencies, international organizations, tribal organizations, watershed groups, academic institutions, and the Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan Sea Grant College programs.