Great Lakes Restoration Conference Re-Cap

The recently concluded Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition’s annual conference in Buffalo, N.Y., was a huge success. The conference—which has become the focal point for all of the organizing and advocacy work at the federal and state level to protect and restore the Lakes—generated record attendance (nearly 300 people), an ever-increasing diversity of participants, and a palpable sense of excitement, energy, and passion. 

Of utmost importance is the support we received from the many organizations, agencies, foundations, and firms that so generously sponsored the conference. Our sponsors are the lifeblood of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Restoration conference and we extend our deepest gratitude for everything they do to ensure the success of the event.

To all our partners—a big “Thank you.”

For those who could not attend (or those who did), you can view the presentations from the conference by following the links below.

We hope to see you all next year, when the 7th annual Great Lakes restoration conference heads to Detroit, Mich.

Thank you to our supporters:

Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation
Great Lakes Fishery Trust
The Joyce Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
Peter Wege and The Wege Foundation

Alliance for the Great Lakes
Ecology and Environment, Inc.
National Parks Conservation Association
National Wildlife Federation

Biohabitats, Inc
Ducks Unlimited
Canadian Consulate General of Canada, New York
Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo
Great Lakes United
New York Power Authority

The Adam’s Mark Hotel
Audubon New York
Biodiversity Project
Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc
Environmental Quality Agreement
Erie County Environmental Education Institute
Freshwater Future
John G. Shedd Aquarium

American Custodial
American Rivers
Blue Water Satellite
Citizens Campaign for the Environment
EA Engineering
Environment America
Environmental Advocates of New York
Environmental Finance Center
Erie County,
Department of Environment & Planning
Gulf of Maine Council
Institute for Conservation Leadership
JF New
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
Ohio Environmental Council
River Network
Sierra Club, Great Lakes Office
The Nature Conservancy
USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Services

Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPERS
Enviroscapes Design
Georgian Bay Forever
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
Izaak Walton League
Minnesota Environmental Partnership
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Trout Unlimited, Midwest Office
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
UB Green

Speaker presentations are available below:

Thursday, September 23, 2010
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks and Welcome to Buffalo
Lake Erie/Lake Ontario Overview: David Klein, Central and Western New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote
Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Plenary Session
Demonstrating Restoration Success through an Environmental and Economic Lens
Paul Isely, Chair, Economics, Grand Valley State University
Julie Barrett O’Neill, Executive Director, Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER
Todd Ambs, President, River Network

11:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Track One
Securing Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funds for your Restoration Project
Todd Hogrefe, Assistant Director, Central Partnership Office, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Mike Russ, Program Planning and Budget Team Leader, Great Lakes National Program Office, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency
Doug Gorby, Regional Biologist for New York, Ducks Unlimited


Track Two
Ensuring Sustainable Restoration Efforts by Enforcing Environmental Laws
Thom Cmar, Staff Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Plenary Session
Great Lakes, Great Waters: How the Great Lakes can Benefit from Other Major Ecosystem Restoration Efforts
• Moderator: Malia Hale, Director of National Restoration and Water Resources Campaigns, National Wildlife Federation
Doug Meyers, Director of Science & Habitat Restoration, People for Puget Sound
Kahlil Kettering, Biscayne Restoration Program Analyst, National Parks Conservation Association
Natalie Snider, Science Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Peter Alexander, Director, Northeast Great Waters Coalition

Friday, September 24, 2010

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Plenary Session
HOW Coalition 2011 State Strategies: Reports from the Annual Coalition Meeting
• Moderator: Jennifer Hill, Field Director, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition

9:00 – 11:15 a.m. Track One
Tips from the Trenches: Administering Federal Grants under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Mike Russ, Program Planning and Budget Team Leader, Great Lakes National Program Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jill Spisiak Jedlicka, Director of Ecological Programs & Buffalo River RAP Coordinator, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Melinda Koslow, Safeguards Program Regional Campaign Manager, National Wildlife Federation

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Track Two
Making the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Work in the States: Update on State Restoration Implementation Policy Work
Gildo Tori, Director of Public Policy, Great Lakes and Atlantic Region, Ducks Unlimited

11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Plenary Session
How does the Asian Carp Crisis Reshuffle the Invasive Species Deck?
Tim Eder, Executive Director, Great Lakes Commission
Captain Lorne Thomas, Ninth Coast Guard District, United States Coast Guard
Jen Nalbone, Director, Navigation and Invasive Species, Great Lakes United

1:15 – 2:50 p.m. Plenary Session
Great Lakes Issue Updates
St. Clair River – Michigan-Huron Lake Level Study
• Status of Communication Initiatives in the Great Lakes
Speaker: Rebecca Dill, Manager of Programs, Biodiversity Project

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