Date: February 21, 2012
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm Central Time (3:30 - 4:30 Eastern)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S Department of State will convene a meeting on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with Canada on February 21, 2012 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm Central Time (3:30 - 4:30 Eastern). This meeting will serve as an opportunity to report on the status of the agreement and discuss what has been accomplished as the U.S. and Canadian Governments approach the completion of negotiations. The status update will also include discussion of how the Agreement is likely to identify matters important to Tribes.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S Department of State have been working together over the past few years to negotiate amendments to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with Canada. Over that time, a significant amount of Tribal input has been received through written submittals, various webinars, and in-person meetings, as well as phone conversations. This input has been invaluable in informing negotiations throughout this process.
The presentation on February 21 will take place in conjunction with the upcoming EPA Region 5 Tribal Environmental Program Management Conference in Chicago. Materials will be presented by Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor on Great Lakes to the EPA Administrator, and Lee Martinez, Director, Office of Canadian Affairs, U.S. State Department.
After reviewing the current Agreement and the negotiation process, the updated agreement and changes relevant for tribal interests will be discussed. A brief update on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will also be provided. There will be time for questions and feedback.
For those that have not already signed up for this event with EPA, please RSVP to participate via conference call by contacting:
U.S. Department of State
Office of Canadian Affairs