As the 2012 elections approach, Great Lakes advocates want to know where President Obama and Governor Romney stand on making the restoration of the Great Lakes a national priority. This session will feature campaign representatives from both Presidential candidates who will speak about their candidate's Great Lakes platform. Of particular focus will be the hydrological separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River and the continued funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition and the Ohio Environmental Council visit farmer Jerry Whipple to demonstrate what techniques he uses to farm in the ways that benefit the environment the most. Later, a tour of Lake Erie aboard the Ohio Sea Grant's research vessel, the Gibraltar 3, is given.
Joint session between Great Lakes Commission and International Joint Commission (IJC) continues on the topic of Lake Erie and Great Lakes nutrients. This panel discussion reviews the topics of State of Science - Lake Erie, and Rural Runoff and Ohio control efforts. Moderator Jim Zehringer, OH
Heather Loebner, Executive Director, ArcelorMittal and Amy McGovern, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, discuss the stake ArcelorMittal has in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the role the community must play in the preservation of the Great Lakes.
Great Lakes Now Update 9/11: Great Lakes Week brings together activists, government representatives, industry leaders, tribal members, environmental consultants, and sports men a like discuss the best course of action to conserve and continue to restore the Great Lakes.
Kathryn A. Buckner, President of the Council of Great Lakes Industry, discusses industry's role in the revitalization of the Great Lakes region as well as the connection between healthy lakes and a healthy economy.