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Upper Great Lakes Law and Policy Symposium: Managing Water Across Boundaries

March 24, 2016
Duluth, MN

Continuing Legal Education Credits (3) are available through the Minnesota Bar Association.


The Upper Great Lakes Law and Policy Symposium is being crafted to zero in on how relatively recent activities (i.e. the Great Lakes Compact and the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative) might serve as models for tackling other Great Lakes trans-boundary issues like climate, mining, crude oil/energy movement, and water levels. The Symposium's goals are to:

  • Create a forum for a reasoned exploration of Lake Superior and Upper Great Lakes issues in a positive, informed way so that policies and laws will work toward sustainable solutions across jurisdictions.
  • Clarify mechanisms for integrating science into policy and regulations.
  • Generate at least six high-quality, high-impact articles about Upper Great Lakes challenges and solutions for the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal
  • Highlight the critical importance of rational environmental laws and policies, and the University of Minnesota Law School and Sea Grant's efforts to encourage opportunities to that end.
Map of the Upper Great Lakes


Presentation Videos

A collection of presentation videos from the symposium. You can also click on the direct links to the presentations in the agenda below.


Agenda: Download (PDF)

7:30 a.m. - Registration (light refreshments)

8:00 a.m. - Welcome

  • John A. Downing, Minnesota Sea Grant Director and symposium moderator, Duluth, MN
  • Catherine Janasie, Research Counsel for the National Sea Grant Law Center, University of Mississippi School of Law, University, MS.
    Facebook Introduction

8:15 - 8:45 a.m. - Why We Are Here

8:45 - 9:05 a.m. - Water Tension and The Great Lakes Compact

  • Peter Annin, author of The Great Lakes Water Wars and Co-director of Northland College's Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation, which focuses on scientific research, communication, and thought leadership on water issues in the Great Lakes region and beyond. Ashland, WI.

9:05 - 10:05 a.m. - Water Diversion and Water Levels Panel

10:05 - 10:35 a.m. - Questions, Answers, Discussion

10:35 - 10:50 a.m. - Break

10:50 - 11:50 a.m. - Non-native Aquatic Species Panel

11:50 - 12:20 p.m. - Questions, Answers, Discussion

12:20 - 1:20 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 - 1:10 p.m. - Introduction to the Afternoon

  • Brad Karkkainen, Henry J. Fletcher Professor in Law, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

1:10 - 1:25 p.m. - Why We Are Here

  • Mark Privratsky, Field and Constituent Services Representative, Congressman Richard M. Nolan (MN-08)
  • Ida Rukavina, Regional Outreach Director, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Kelly Westlund, Regional Representative, Office of U.S. Senator
    Tammy Baldwin, WI

1:25 - 1:45 p.m. - Regulations or Protections - What's in a Word?

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. - Contaminants, Climate and Emerging Challenges Panel

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. - Questions, Answers, Discussion

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. - Break

3:30 - 3:50 p.m. - Continuing Past Momentum into the Future

3:50 - 4:20 p.m. - Linking Science, Policy and Great Lakes Governance

4:20 - 4:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks

  • John A. Downing, Minnesota Sea Grant Director and symposium moderator, Duluth, MN
  • Catherine Janasie, Research Counsel for the National Sea Grant Law Center, University of Mississippi School of Law, University, MS.

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Reception (cash bar with hors d'oeuvres)


Hosts:

  • University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
  • Sea Grant Law Center
  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • University of Minnesota Duluth's Pre-Law Club

Sponsors:

Superior Level ($1000 and up):

Great Lakes Level ($500 - $1000)

Student Sponsor Level (to $500)


Location: Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN



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