January 22 - 23, 2009
(Chicago) The urban nearshore zone and riverine areas are places where many of the region's people first interact with the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, this nearshore zone of over 17,000 kilometers is heavily stressed by habitat alterations associated with increasing populations, heavy industry, commercial navigation, and pollution. Historical patterns of economic development and overexploitation of nearshore areas in the Great Lakes region have disproportionately impacted the nearshore. It should be no surprise that a strong demand exists for improved water quality, enhanced nearshore habitats and restoration of beneficial uses in urban areas.
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