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Making a Great Lake Superior 2007

August 9, 2007

Many people know that Lake Superior is a great Great Lake. Keeping it that way is the goal of the "Making a Great Lake Superior 2007" conference to be held October 29-31, 2007 in Duluth, Minn.

"This conference will focus on the most pressing issues facing Lake Superior," said Liz LaPlante, conference co-organizer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program Office. "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 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. 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.

The conference will practice what it preaches, through efforts to reduce the event's environmental impact. "Making a Great Lake Superior" will be the first carbon-neutral conference of its size ever held in Duluth. Organizers are taking steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, use locally produced products, and reduce waste.

Registration by September 14 costs $150. Single-day rates and reduced rates for students are available, as well as limited scholarships for teachers and others. For information and registration visit http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior2007 or contact Minnesota Sea Grant at (218) 726-8106.

Conference organizers include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada, and the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program. Twenty-six organizations are sponsoring the event, including U.S. and Canadian government departments, academic institutions, Sea Grant programs, international organizations, tribal organizations, and watershed groups.

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