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GLIN==> Conference Announcement: "Managing Invasive Species in Lakes and Reservoirs;" April 23-26, 2002; Chicago, Ill.

(apologies for cross-posting)

15th Annual National Conference

"Managing Invasive Species in Lakes and Reservoirs"

April 23-26, 2002
Congress Plaza Hotel
Chicago, Illinois

cosponsored by
Chicago Botanic Garden
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    * Headquarters Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds
    * Region 5
North American Lake Management Society
Conservation Technology Information Center

2002 will mark the 15th consecutive year that the States' lake program
managers have gathered in Chicago to discuss successes, evaluate obstacles,
and explore new approaches for improving State lake management programs.
Recognizing the significant effect that invasive species can have on fresh
water ecosystems, the 2002 conference focuses on innovative approaches for
preventing or minimizing invasive species impacts.  Nationally recognized
speakers and interactive discussion sessions will provide unique insights
into the obstacles -- and opportunities -- that lie ahead.

Allegra Cangelosi, Senior Policy Analyst for the Northeast-Midwest
Institute, will deliver the Keynote Address on Wednesday afternoon.  Ms.
Cangelosi has coordinated national and regional efforts to enact ecosystem
protection, and she coordinated legislative activity leading to the National
Invasive Species Acts of 1990 and 1996.

Other conference session topics include:
    * Understanding Our Most Troublesome Invasive Aquatic Species
    * Comprehensive Monitoring and Assessment Under the Clean Water Act
    * Building More Effective Statewide Lake Organizations: What's Working
-- and What Isn't?
    * New Directions for State Lake Programs
    * Federal and State Approaches for Managing Invasive Aquatic Species
    * Public Outreach Programs for Invasive Aquatic Species
    * The Role of Volunteers in Managing Invasive Aquatic Species
    * Future Directions for the U.S. EPA's TMDL Program

Leaders from statewide lake associations, also a target audience for this
conference, will share their successes-and challenges-as they pursue
membership recruitment, leadership development, and efficient member
services in lean economic times.  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 at the
luncheons and evening social functions.

On Tuesday, April 23, a special pre-conference workshop, "Watersheds 101:
The Clean Water Act and other Tools for Watershed Protection" will be
presented by staff from the U.S. EPA.  Participants will gain a working
knowledge of the federal Clean Water Act programs, and how these programs
can be used to enhance watershed planning and management efforts.  This
condensed version of a popular three-day course promises to be both
educational and engaging, so come prepared to interact!

LOCATION: The historic Congress Plaza Hotel in downtown Chicago; across the
street from Buckingham Fountain and with spectacular views of Lake Michigan,
the Congress's Gold Room will fascinate you with its exquisitely restored
Victorian architecture; special conference rate of just $108 single or $128
double.  You're just steps away from Chicago's many cultural attractions!

REGISTRATION:  $165 (after April 11: $195); includes two breakfasts, two
lunches, breaks, as well as special tours and candlelight dinner at the
Chicago Botanic Garden.  Additional $45 registration fee for the
Pre-Conference Workshop on April 23 (includes lunch).

To view the conference program, registration information, and to print out a
registration form, visit www.nalms.org/symposia/chicago/

To request a paper copy of the Program Brochure, or for further information,
contact Bob Kirschner, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe,
Ill., 60022; telephone: 847/835-6837; e-mail: bkirschn@chicagobotanic.org

Come join us in Chicago!

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