If you are interested in the environment in the Great Lakes region, then you might want to be in Detroit in the middle of October 2011.

Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is having their conference on Wednesday, October 12 thru Friday, October 14, 2011 at The Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit, Michigan. Details at http://conference.healthylakes.org/.

The International Joint Commission is having their Biennial meeting on October 12-14 in Detroit, with most workshops at Wayne State University. Details at http://meeting.ijc.org/.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding its conference October 13-14, 2011 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, Detroit. Details at http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3308_3333_32445-261051–,00.html.

These overlapping conferences with a common subject are not a coincidence. the Great Lakes Coalition says, “To kick off our week in Detroit, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is collaborating with the U.S. EPA, the International Joint Commission, and the Great Lakes Commission in a joint session on Wednesday October 12. The town hall format will provide the opportunity for public comment on pertinent Great Lakes issues and policies.”

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has a summary of the week’s coordinated events at http://www.glri.us/glweek.html.

Then, the Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference is being held October 14 – 16 2011 at Marygrove College in Detroit. Details for this conference at http://www.glbd.org/docs/BioneerConference11Web.pdf.