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The Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition hosts an annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference to bring together advocates, public officials, business leaders, state and federal agency staff and citizens from around the region to tackle critical Great Lakes issues.
The conference helps set coalition priorities for the following year, as participants discuss strategies to advance Great Lakes restoration in the U.S. Congress and the White House; ensure that federal investments result in measurable ecological and economic progress; and convey the tremendous work being done in the states and local communities to restore the Lakes.
At the conference, the coalition announces its annual Great Laker Awards, which are given to people, businesses, media, and public officials who have provided exemplary activism, leadership and reporting in the effort to restore the Great Lakes.
The 2013 conference will be held September 10-12 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in conjunction with Great Lakes Week, a collaborative effort between the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, the Great Lakes Commission, the International Joint Commission, the Great Lakes Areas of Concern Annual Conference, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. and Canadian federal environmental agencies participating in Great Lakes restoration work. The 2013 HOW Conference and Great Lakes Week bring over 700 Great Lakes stakeholders to one place for multiple conferences, meetings, and events to network and collaborate on issues of critical urgency facing the Great Lakes and to re-affirm a shared commitment to restoring the health of the Lakes.
Learn more about the upcoming conference here