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What's in Store for the Great Lakes?


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The ecological and recreational future of the Great Lakes will be explored this week as students, educators and researchers gather at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

The annual conference of the Great Lakes Research Consortium, to be held Jan. 16 and 17 on the ESF campus, is expected to draw about 125 participants who will share information on the latest studies being done on the lakes.

One of the conference highlights will be a discussion titled, "What's in Store for the Great Lakes?" A panel of experts will speculate on new issues that will help determine the course of Great Lakes research in the next century.

Jack Manno of Syracuse, the executive director of the Great Lakes Research Consortium, will moderate the panel. Robert G. Werner, a professor in ESF's Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology, will discuss fisheries. Other topics will be exotic species, toxic contaminants, environmental advocacy, law and regulations, PCBs in the air and water, and remediation.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Paul Horvatin, chief of the Monitoring, Indicators and Reporting Branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program Office. Horvatin will discuss the application of Great Lakes Research with a focus on new ways to monitor progress in protecting and restoring the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Other conference sessions will focus on environmental engineering, including a presentation about Onondaga Lake; environmental chemistry, including discussions about PCBs; and limnology and ecology, including sessions on zebra mussels.

The Great Lakes Research Consortium was formed in 1986 as a coalition of State University campuses. Its membership comprises 12 colleges and universities in New York and eight educational institutions in Canada.

The annual conference emphasizes student research and provides opportunities for students, faculty members and others to share information about Great Lakes-related research, academic programs, science and policy.