The Future of the Great Lakes – ONLINE!

The Future of the Great Lakes – ONLINE!
September 21, 2015 paperlesslion

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Get the latest on the greatest lakes on the planet this week. For the fifth year in a row, Detroit Public Television (DPTV) will bring pioneering coverage of Great Lakes issues to viewers nationwide.  This year’s coverage will be even more important featuring not one, but two conferences: The 11th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference (hosted by Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition); and the Great Lakes Commission 2015 Annual Meeting.

Coverage will be available on the Great Lakes Now website, http://greatlakesnow.org. In addition, stay tuned for a special announcement from DPTV on Monday, September 28.

Over the past four years, Detroit Public Television (DPTV) has been telling stories and providing coverage of important conferences and issues related to protecting, cherishing and enjoying the Great Lakes.  Now, thanks to the generous support of the Erb Family Foundation, DPTV is establishing year-round coverage to help tell the stories of the lakes on an ongoing basis.

The Great Lakes Restoration Conference provides a three-day forum for participants to learn about important Great Lakes restoration issues, network at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes supporters and activists, and develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals. The collective gathering—known as Great Lakes Week—will attract close to 700 activists, government representatives, industry leaders, tribal members, environmental consultants, and academic institutions under one roof to network and collaborate on issues of critical urgency facing the Great Lakes. Topics discussed include: The Indiana dunes, Green Infrastructure, Algae, The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA), Environmental Justice, The Great Rivers Chicago project, Asian Carp, & more!

The Great Lakes Commission 2015 Annual Meeting is an opportunity for Great Lakes stakeholders to convene with colleagues and share perspectives on important Great Lakes issues. This is a time of exciting opportunities for the Great Lakes region, yet we face continuing challenges, not the least of which are the ever-changing nature of the region’s economy, and dealing with threats from a changing climate and invasive species.

GreatLakesNow.org and DPTV will share stories of unique cultures and history in the Great Lakes basin, how the fresh water of the Great Lakes is generating jobs and economic activity, explore the recreational opportunities available, as well as continue to monitor the health of the ecosystem.

The bureau’s inaugural coverage started yesterday with live coverage of the Great Lakes Commission 2015 Annual Meeting, exploring what government should do about issues of invasive species and water management in urban and rural areas around the basin.  Today brings the opening of the 11th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference (hosted by Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition), which brings together environmental groups from throughout the basin to Chicago in order to explore a wide variety of topics.

If you joined us yesterday, you know how critical the conversations are that are taking place in Chicago. Don’t miss the second day of this important event as we bring you coverage of the following topics:

  • Restoring Diversity in the Indiana Dunes: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Save the Dunes staff will discuss efforts to maintain and restore these exceptional habitats and plan for their future preservation.
  • Urban Green Infrastructure: Exploring ways to implement what is known as green infrastructure in Great Lakes cities using open land to help provide low-cost alternatives tostormwater management in cities like Detroit.
  • Solving a Great Binational Challenge: An update on the 2015 algae season efforts to address nutrient issues in Lake Erie as well as exploring the steps needed to bring this great lake back from the brink.

The Great Lakes Restoration Conference provides a three-day forum for participants to learn about important Great Lakes restoration issues, and network with each other.  The collective meetings—known as Great Lakes Week—will attract close to 700 activists, government representatives, industry leaders, tribal members, environmental consultants, and academic institutions under one roof to network and collaborate on issues of critical urgency facing the Great Lakes.

This is a time of exciting opportunities for the Great Lakes region, yet we face continuing challenges, not the least of which are the ever-changing nature of the region’s economy, and dealing with threats from a changing climate and invasive species.

 

STREAM SCHEDULE

MON 9/28: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

TUES 9/29: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. ET

WEDS 9/30: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

 

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