Separation Anxiety: Why Restoring the Natural Divide after 100 Years Is Possible, Preventive and Protects the Great Lakes from Invasive Species
Built in 1890, the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) comprises about 130 miles of rivers, canals, locks and other structures in Chicago and Northwest Indiana designed to divert water from Lake Michigan into the Mississippi River Basin. We've been dependent on this system, and many fear changing the way it works (or doesn’t work). We'll highlight the real opportunities to improve wastewater treatment and water quality, flood conveyance, transportation, recreation and, of course, prevent aquatic invasive species - all by restoring the natural divide and permanently separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. Join the call to ask questions and hear how you can do your part to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species. Register today to get call-in information and reserve your spot.
*This event is open to the media, but members of the press will be asked to hold their questions until the end of the session.
Information about our guest speakers:
David Ullrich is executive director at Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. His responsibilities include working with U.S. and Canadian mayors from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin to advance restoration and protection of the resource. GLSLCI shares best practices among the cities, towns, and counties so that all have the benefits of the successful efforts of each other. It also works on restoration legislation, planning, and implementation. Prior to his current position, Mr. Ullrich served for 30 years at the U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes regional office in Chicago, working on environmental issues in the six states of the Upper Midwest. Mr. Ullrich graduated from Dartmouth College in 1970 with a degree in English and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1973, with an emphasis in environmental law. www.glslcities.org
Tim Eder is executive director of the Great Lakes Commission. With more than 25 years of experience in natural resources policy development and advocacy, Eder is in charge of the commission's day-to-day operations and advancing the shared interests of the commission membership in the areas of natural resources management and advocacy. Eder has served on the boards of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, the Washtenaw County (Mich.) Road Commission, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Michigan Aquatic Nuisance Species Advisory Council, and the Aquatic Invasive Species Team of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration. He holds a bachelor of science degree in resource development from Michigan State University. www.glc.org
Joel Brammeier is president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, which is dedicated to protecting and restoring clean water, educating citizens and youth and building a sustainable future for the Great Lakes. Mr. Brammeier has developed laws and regulations to prevent invasive species in several Great Lakes states, and in 2008 published a landmark report proposing permanent separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River. He received his master's degree from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources & Environment.
Jared Teutsch is the Alliance’s Water Policy Advocate. He focuses primarily on developing and implementing strategies to achieve restoration and protection of Great Lakes water resources through legislation and state and federal agency action. Mr. Teutsch also provides insight into the following key areas: 1) Deploying the Alliance’s strategy for achieving short- and long-term solutions to the problem of invasive species in the Great Lakes, including Asian carp, and 2) The Alliance’s work to ensure strong precedents are set during the early implementation of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. Mr. Teutsch holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from Michigan State University, and a Juris Doctor degree focusing on land use law and water law from Vermont Law School.
Wed., Mar. 14
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST
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