Researchers over the past three years have been studying the chemical, biological, and physical indicators of the Great Lakes ecosystem’s health, and this information will be presented in the upcoming two-day State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC).
“This conference brings people together who make decisions that affect the Great Lakes. This brings to them the most up-to-date science of this ecosystem, which lays the foundation for them to make decisions about the future,” said ParisCollingsworth, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) Great Lakes ecosystem specialist, who also serves on the SOLEC Executive Committee. IISG has been working to provide support and promote the conference.
SOLEC is being hosted by U.S. EPA and Environmental Canada. This year’s theme is “Linking Land to the Lakes,” which will expand on the 2008 conference’s focus on the nearshore. The event will also highlight land-based issues that relate to the Great Lakes’ water quality.
The keynote speaker is Robert Glennon, who will talk about the actions required to improve the United States’ water crisis. He is also the author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to do About It.
The event is being held Oct. 26 and 27 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Penn. For more information, or to register, visit the SOLEC 2011 web page. Registration is open until Oct. 14, and the full event costs $190.