Shedd Aquarium convenes leaders in a range of fields and disciplines for thought-provoking and solution-oriented discussions on pressing Great Lakes conservation issues. Each of these one-day convenings results in a white paper that synthesizes the proceedings. In 2010-2011, Shedd Aquarium and its partners hosted convenings on three critical needs: an alert system for combined sewer overflows, geared toward the public; an interdisciplinary, holistic approach, through the One Health system, to the interlocked issues of animal, human and ecosystem health; and clean up and prevention of Great Lakes debris. Upon completion of each convening, Shedd works with appropriate stakeholders to implement group-suggested next steps. Shedd Aquarium is grateful to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for generously supporting the Great Lakes convenings pilot program.

Download summary reports from convenings at Shedd Aquarium:

Great Lakes Debris - July 22, 2011

Great Lakes One Health - May 20, 2011

Identifying a Comprehensive Public Alert System for Combined Sewer Overflows - Oct. 22, 2010

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