September 24, 2009 Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative Meeting in Detroit, Michigan
On September 24, 2009, the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the International Joint Commission co-hosted an information-sharing forum on ballast water issues in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System. The forum was held in Detroit, Michigan, facilitated by representatives from the Minnesota Sea Grant and Great Lakes Commission and attended by representatives from State and Provincial Governments (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, New York, and Ontario); U.S. and Canadian Regulatory agencies (U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, Transport Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada); senior executives from the U.S.-flag laker, Canadian-flag laker, and international fleets; and the leading academic ballast water researchers from Canada and the United States. The goals of the meeting were to share relevant information among the participants, increase dialogue among the key stakeholders involved in this issue, and to discuss ways of further reducing the risk of introduction and spread of invasive species through ballast water. Several participants made presentations and agreed to make their presentations available online.
- Dr. Marvourneen Dolor, U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, "Ballast Water Exchange and Saltwater Flushing -- Recent Successful Seaway Efforts"
- Ms. Terra Bowling, National Sea Grant Law Center, "State Ballast Water Programs -- Legislation, Regulation, Litigation"
- Mr. Noel Bassett, American Steamship Company, and Mr. James Sharrow, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, "Great Lakes/Ocean-Going Vessels -- Issues and Concerns"
- Mr. Allister Paterson, Seaway Marine Transport, "The Great Lakes Fleet -- Installing Ballast Water Treatment Systems"
- Capt. Ivan Lantz, Shipping Federation of Canada, "Ballast Water Treatment Systems -- Practical Considerations"
- Mr. Chris Wiley, International Maritime Organization Ballast Water Working Group, "Ballast Water Management Convention -- Towards a New Phase"
- Ms. Allegra Cangelosi, Northeast-Midwest Institute, "Relevant Research Output and Activities of the Great Ships Initiative"
- Mr. Scott Smith, U.S. Geological Survey, and Ms. Linda Drees, U.S. National Park Service, "Emergency Delivery System Development for Disinfecting Ballast Water -- Implications for Interim Treatment"