Great Lakes Week 2013 is the first gathering of the organizations governing the Great Lakes since the new Great Lakes Water Quality agreement was signed between the United States and Canada. The agencies involved will be taking stock of the overall health of the Great Lakes, celebrating the cleanup of several environmental areas of concern, and setting priorities for action and scientific research on the lakes for the next three years.
The city of Waukesha, Wisconsin’s request to draw water from Lake Michigan will be another major topic of concern, since Waukesha is located outside of the Great Lakes watershed. Government officials and scientists will be discussing who should be allowed to draw water from the lakes – and how much they can have.
Other discussions will focus on record low lake water levels, the algae bloom that threatens fish in Lake Erie, and concerns about safeguarding the lakes from invasive species that could arrive in the ballast water of commercial shipping.
The setting is the city Milwaukee, which is promoting itself as the world’s “Silicon Valley” of fresh water technologies, and the city’s commitment to fresh water will be on display.
Great Lakes Now will offer live anchored coverage of key sessions beginning at 2pm ET on Monday, September 9th, with full day coverage planned on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. In addition, there will be separate live stream of two important public hearings under the new Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
Great Lakes Week is broadcast by public television stations across the United States and in Canada. Check back for complete tune-in times and online streaming information.