Monday, October 12, 2009

Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition Conference

Saturday, October 24, 2009
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Buffalo, NY
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dear Great Lakes Enthusiasts,

It’s time for the annual New York State Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition annual one-day conference to advance Great Lakes protection and restoration. We have an unprecedented opportunity to advance manageable solutions to the threats facing our Great Lakes, such as aquatic invasive species, sewer overflows and runoff pollution, legacy toxic contamination, habitat loss, and climate change.

The passage of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and positive movement on President Obama’s $475 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative testify to the power of our collective action. The conference is an opportunity to further collaboration as we work to restore Great Lakes water quality using the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy, and to responsibly manage our Great Lakes water resources by implementing the Compact. Join with citizens, scientists, regulators, policymakers, academics, business people, and activists to work together to achieve our common goal of healthy lakes, healthy lives.

The 4th Annual New York State Healing Our Waters Coalition Great Lakes Conference will provide many opportunities to network with other organizations and individuals working to advance Great Lakes restoration throughout the Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and St. Lawrence River watersheds. Sessions will update participants on the exciting federal legislative initiatives moving in Washington D.C. and offer in-depth science and policy breakout sessions on:

1. Implementing the Great Lakes Compact in New York;
2. Improving near shore water quality;
3. Preventing and controlling aquatic invasive species;
4. NYS water conservation opportunities for the Great Lakes; and
5. Implementing ecosystem-based management for NY’s Great Lakes

Please join us this year in Buffalo on Saturday, October 24, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

As usual, conference registration is free, but required. Please register by Monday, October 19 at

If you have any questions, please contact us at

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