We have arrived in the beautiful city of Milwaukee, Wis., and the countdown has begun for the start of the Great Lakes Restoration Conference. The conference kicks off on Tuesday with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Cathy Stepp, the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Hopefully you can join us in Milwaukee for the conference, but if not you can watch Detroit Public Television’s coverage on our conference website.
Other highlights in the conference include:
-A plenary on how the Great Lakes can avoid the tipping point
-A discussion on how the Great Lakes can combat the changing climate
-Ann Mills, Deputy Undersecretary for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will speak
-Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc.—a Milwaukee-based, award-winning urban farming initiative
-An Asian Carp update from John Goss, the Asian Carp Director from the White House Council on Environmental Quality
-A plenary discussion and video on the aging Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline that runs through the Great Lakes
-Countless breakout sessions on Great Lakes health, lessons learned from projects, and goals for the future of the Great Lakes
We’d like to amplify our voice on twitter, so if you’d like to tweet something about the conference, please use #HealthyLakes, #GLRI, or #GreatLakes. You can always follow us @HealthyLakes and retweet what we’re saying. We’re also trying to keep congress in the loop, so consider tweeting messages directly to your congressional representatives. We have a helpful list of current Great Lakes regional representatives’ twitter handles here. If you prefer using facebook, you can also like us: Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition
Great Lakes Success Stories
You should also take some time to check out our Wisconsin Success Stories. You may have seen each of them highlighted over the last week, but you can see what the publication looks like over on our publication page. You can see all of our success stories that we’ve catalogued on our interactive map. The Milwaukee conference actually brings us to the 100-success-stories milestone!