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Law and Policy Symposium to Tackle Transboundary Water Challenges

Talking about laws and policies affecting the Upper Great Lakes is timely. Within the last six months:

  • A community outside the Great Lakes Basin applied for a diversion of Lake Michigan water,
  • A federal court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite its ballast water rules for ships in the Great Lakes,
  • Natural resource managers scrambled to keep regulations apace with fluctuations in Great Lakes fish populations.

Recognizing the need for a deeper conversation, experts from the U.S. and Canada are meeting on March 24 in Duluth, Minnesota, at the Upper Great Lakes Law and Policy Symposium. The symposium will zero in on how recent activities might serve as models for tackling Great Lakes transboundary issues like climate, mining, crude oil/energy movement, and water levels. Presenters include Lana Pollack, Chair of U.S. Section of the International Joint Commission; and Peter Johnson, Deputy Director of the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers.

The University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, the University of Minnesota Law School and the Sea Grant Law Center are hosting the event. Continuing legal education credits for practicing attorneys will be offered. More information, including an agenda, is available on the Minnesota Sea Grant website: www.seagrant.umn.edu/news/managingwater.

Registration is required and includes refreshments, lunch, and an hors d'oeuvres reception. Non-student registration is $60. Students can register for free. Registration is limited to 200. Register online; by email: seagr@d.umn.edu; or by phone: 218-726-8106.

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Posted on January 27, 2016

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