First Binational Public Forum Live Coverage to be Available to Public Plus Environmental, Regional, News Websites and TV Stations

Coverage Available to Sites and News Organizations At No Cost

DETROIT (September 3, 2013) –Detroit Public Television (DPTV) announces a new component to its high level of access for the Great Lakes Week summit, which will discuss the future of The Great Lakes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 9-12, 2013.

The first Binational Public Forum, held once every three years under the new Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, will be streamed for live viewing on the evening of Monday September 9, beginning at 5pm Central Time and the afternoon of Tuesday September 10, beginning at 2:30pm Central Time.

Any environmentally interested website or any news organization may obtain access to the steam, via embed code, at no cost, available at Archived coverage will be available for viewing at following the sessions.

The Forum is a series of public hearings convened by the International Joint Commission, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada.

Great Lakes Week encompasses significant conferences hosted by the International Joint Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Areas of Concern Program, the Great Lakes Commission, The Healing Our Waters® – Great Lakes Coalition (representing 120 organizations) and Environment Canada, as well as the Council of Great Lakes Industries, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and the newly organized Council of the Great Lakes Region – the leading organizations that deal with Great Lakes issues. More than 30 million people in North America live in the Great Lakes Basin.

With coverage entitled “Great Lakes Now,” DPTV will broadcast, webcast and produce other content from the conferences and make it all accessible via its television channels and Web platforms, so the public can experience the important discussion of the most important issues.  All content, live and/or recorded, will also be offered, at no cost, to any public or commercial news organization in North America, as well as environmental or Great Lakes oriented websites, to make coverage of the events as accessible as possible.

The Great Lakes Now coverage of the 2013 Great Lakes Week is made possible with support from the Erb Family Foundation, the International Joint Commission,
the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Brico Fund, and the Offield Family Foundation.  Environmental coverage on Detroit Public Television is underwritten in part by the Richard C. and Leslie Devereaux Foundation.

About Detroit Public Television
Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is the non-commercial, viewer-supported PBS-member station watched by more than 1.5 million people in Detroit and Southeast Michigan and another 1.2 million people throughout Canada. DPTV also manages WRCJ 90.9 FM, Detroit’s classical and jazz radio station, in collaboration with the license-holder, the Detroit Public Schools. The radio station is located in the Detroit School of Arts. DPTV is licensed to the Detroit Educational Television Foundation and governed by a volunteer board of trustees from the local business, civic, and cultural communities.

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