International Joint Commission  to Host a Webinar on Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 • 3 – 5 p.m. EST

How Do We Reverse the Trends to Achieve
Net Habitat Gain for Great Lakes coastal Wetlands?

Join the International Joint Commission’s Water Quality Board Emerging Issues Work Group and the Great Lakes Coastal Assembly to discuss the challenges and opportunities to achieving net habitat gain for Great Lakes coastal wetlands.

Niagara area citizens have been fighting to save wetlands like this provincially significant one – on lands targeted for development – in Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The lands fall within the Niagara River watershed in the Great Lakes basin. File photo

Brief presentations will focus on the status and need to assess coastal wetlands, how to advance practices that enhance and expand them, and pilot efforts to set and track ecological targets. We also look forward to hearing your views on what actions are needed to reverse the trend in wetland loss and achieve net habitat gain in the Great Lakes.

Speakers include:

  • Jon Allan, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes
    Mike Goffin, Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Dennis Albert, Oregon State University and Michigan Natural Features Inventory
    Anne Garwood, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
    Chris May, The Nature Conservancy
    Chris Robinson, Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters
    Laura Bourgeau-Chavez, Michigan Technological University
    Brian Huberty, US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Christie Deloria, US Fish & Wildlife Service and Great Lakes Coastal Assembly

Register today at

About the International Joint Commission The IJC was established by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help the Governments of Canada and the United States prevent and resolve disputes over the use of the waters they share. The Great Lakes Water Quality Board assists the IJC in monitoring progress by both countries to achieve the goals set out in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and provides opportunities for public consultation and participation throughout the Great Lakes region.

More information can be found at .

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One response to “International Joint Commission  to Host a Webinar on Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands

  1. Thanks for drawing attention to this, Doug. While we’re talking webinars, I was on one this morning featuring Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner, Dianne Saxe. She presented a remarkably interesting, clear and concise overview of her recent series of reports, Back to Basics, which includes a whole volume of on the loss of Wetlands and Forests in Southern Ontario, in addition to one on Water Pollution and Drinking Water. Check out the website to download the reports:
    A link to the video of the webinar will be posted there soon.
    Ford has announced his intention to cut the Office of the Environmental Commissioner — we must NOT let that happen. The services the ECO perform for Ontarians are absolutely vital to our health and the health of our environment. We cannot afford another Walkerton!


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