Tuesday, February 10, 2009

22nd Annual National Conference - Enhancing the States' Lake Management Programs

22nd Annual National Conference
Enhancing the States' Lake Management Programs
On the Edge: Enhancing Ecological Integrity of Shorelines

April 14-17, 2009
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

cosponsored by
Chicago Botanic Garden
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
▪ Headquarters Office of Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds
▪ Region 5 - Water Division
North American Lake Management Society

Each year for over two decades, State lake program managers have gathered in Chicago to discuss successes, evaluate obstacles, and examine new approaches for improving the States’ lake management programs. Our 2009 program explores creative ways to restore and protect our fragile lakeshore ecosystems. Special sessions will enable conference participants to be the first to hear hot-off-the-press preliminary results of the U.S. EPA's National Lakes Assessment.

Leaders from statewide lake associations will gain new insights from their sister associations across the country. And together, State agency staff and statewide lake association leaders will explore new opportunities for future cooperation. Federal and local managers are invited to join in the lively discussions, both during the sessions and at special programs offered during luncheons and evening social functions.

Our conference host is the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, convenient to downtown Chicago's great restaurants and just steps from the city’s magnificent cultural attractions.

Lake program staff from state, regional, and federal agencies—as well as the statewide "grassroots" lake organizations these programs serve—are highly encouraged to attend. For some, attending this annual conference has become a tradition. If you've not participated before, please consider joining us. We think you'll experience a truly unique opportunity to learn and share ideas on enhancing lake and watershed management programs!

For full Conference Program and Registration information, visit the conference Web site at http://www.chicagolakes2009.org; you may also follow this link to view and print the conference brochure: http://www.chicagolakes2009.org/brochure.pdf. To request a paper copy of the program brochure, or for any other questions, contact Bob Kirschner, the Conference Coordinator, at bkirschn@chicagobotanic.org

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