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State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference
The State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference 2008 was held October 22–23, 2008, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Emphasis was on “The Nearshore.” In 1996, SOLEC focused on the nearshore lands and waters of the Great Lakes where biological productivity is greatest and where humans have maximum impact. In 2008, the conference concentrated on what has changed with respect to the nearshore environments since 1996.
The conference attracted over 300 attendees in Niagara Falls and several hundred online viewers who accessed a live video webcast.
Conference slides, speaker's notes and video are available for each plenary presentation. Playing the Video together with the Slides or Notes allows a more complete experience.
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State of the Great LakesCondition of Great Lakes contamination, biotic communities, invasive species, coastal zones, aquatic habitats, human health, land use-land cover, resource utilization, and climate change based on indicators in the Great Lakes suite.
Contaminants, Biotic Communities, and Invasive Species
Amy DeWeerd, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Coastal Zones and Aquatic Habitats
Gail Hesse, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Human Health, Land Use, Resource Utilization and Climate Change
Mary Thornburn, Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Impacts of Changing Land Use on Coastal Margin and Nearshore
Zones of the Great Lakes
Scudder D. Mackey, Ph.D., University of Windsor / Habitat Solutions, NA
Nearshore Terrestrial Ecosystems
Dan Kraus, The Nature Conservancy Canada
George Finney, Bird Studies Canada
The Lakes and Connecting Channels
Each of the Great Lakes and the connecting channels are unique. Each presentation gave an overview of the ecosystem conditions of the waterbody and focussed on one nearshore issue.
Roger Eberhardt, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality
Lake Michigan's Nearshore Waters and Type E Botulism
Ken Hyde, National Park Service
Pamela Scharfe, Huron County Health Unit
St. Clair/Detroit River
Dr. Doug Hafner, University of Windsor
Greg Boyer and Susan Watson, Great Lakes Research Consortium and Environment Canada
Brad Hill, Environment Canada
Douglas A. Wilcox, SUNY-Brockport