2016 Great Lakes Forum

Great Lakes

Great Lakes legislators will gather to discuss emerging environmental threats to the region.

NCEL’s Great Lakes Forum will convene state lawmakers from eight states and the Province of Ontario in Washington, D.C. to learn about pressing environmental issues across the region and to collaborate on opportunities for policy solutions. The two-day forum will primarily focus on water-related issues, such as nutrient pollution, invasive species, and lead contamination. Each session will highlight diverse stakeholder voices and will explore bipartisan solutions to environmental threats.

Where: The Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, D.C.

When: 12pm Saturday, December 3rd to 12pm Sunday, December 4th. The forum will directly precede the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Capitol Forum.  

Cost: Registration for the forum will cost $49 per attendee to reserve a space. NCEL will cover the cost of meals and hotel, and there will be a limited number of travel scholarships available. 

 Register here: goo.gl/8RARLb


Agenda (Tentative) 

Saturday 12/3

12 – 1 pm: Registration, Welcome and Introductions
1 – 1:50 pm: Great Lakes Overview and GL Restoration Initiative
1:50 – 2:50 pm: Polling and messaging on Great Lakes Water Quality
2:50 – 3:10 pm: Break
3:10 – 5:15 pm: Engaging the Agricultural Community on Nutrient Pollution Reduction
5:30 – 6:00 pm: Reception
6:00 – 6:45 pm: Dinner
6:45 – 7:30 pm: Keynote Address

Sunday 12/4

7:30 am: Breakfast Available
8:30 – 9:30 am: Lead in Drinking Water
9:30 – 10:45 am: Aquatic Invasive Species and Ballast Water
10:45 – 11:05 am: Break 
11:05 – 12:05 pm: Green Schools and Environmental Literacy
12:05 – 12:20 pm: Wrap up, Evaluations, Next Steps