Registration for 2014 meeting in Québec now open
The Great Lakes Legislative Caucus will meet on July 24 and 25, 2014, in Québec City, Québec. Open registration for the meeting began on March 17. The meeting will take place at the Hotel Delta Québec.
Preliminary agenda »
Meeting registration form »
Hotel and travel information »
On the evening of July 24, the National Assembly of Québec will host a reception and dinner for all attendees. The setting will be the Baie de Beauport (Beauport Bay), located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River with stunning views of the river, Orleans Island and the Laurentian Mountains. Guests and families are welcome to attend this exceptional event, which will feature entertainment by the internationally acclaimed Painchaud Family. Please make sure to indicate on your registration form whether you will be bringing a spouse, guest or children to the dinner and reception.
On July 25, the caucus will meet from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The agenda will feature sessions on Canadian and U.S. efforts at the federal level to protect and restore the Great Lakes; plastics pollution in the Great Lakes; and the Waukesha diversion request as a test case of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. There will also be time set aside for roundtable discussion and caucus business, including consideration of Great Lakes-related resolutions and the election of caucus officers and Executive Committee members for 2015-2016.
Caucus to hold in-state training session on Great Lakes protection for Illinois lawmakers
The Great Lakes Legislative Caucus will hold its third in-state training session on Great Lakes policy on April 29 in Springfield, Ill. The workshop is open to all legislators and legislative staff. It will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 114 of the State Capitol. The event will feature three expert speakers who will explore strategies to prevent the interbasin transfer of invasive species such as Asian carp and who will present ideas to improve wastewater and stormwater management. Attendees will also gain perspective on the environmental and economic significance of the Great Lakes to the state of Illinois.
The caucus is presenting this workshop in conjunciton with Illinois' legislative leaders and CSG Midwest's Under the Dome initiative. Previous in-state training sessions on Great Lakes policy were held in Illinois and Minnesota.
Register for the workshop here »
Great Lakes, Great Webinars series
The Great Lakes Legislative Caucus held four webinars during the first part of 2014, on topics ranging from options for closing off a potential pathway for Asian carp to enter the Great Lakes to the possible storage of nuclear waste in the region. Recordings of these webinars, along with their presentations, are available.
April 25 webinar ~ "Nuclear Waste in the Great Lakes Region, Part 2"
April 11 webinar ~ "Nuclear Waste in the Great Lakes Region, Part 1"
March 14 webinar ~ "Update on Great Lakes Legislation in Federal and State Capitols"
February 7 webinar ~ "Asian Carp, Invasive Species and the Great Lakes: Next Steps and Prevention Strategies"