St. Lawrence River / Great Lakes Ecosystem -- International Conference (May 6 - 8)
Tue May 6 to Thu May 8, 2008, Cornwall, ON
5th Annual International Conference on the St. Lawrence River / Great Lakes Ecosystem
Managing Ecosystems Regulated Rivers and Watersheds:
A conference series highlighting 50 years of hydroelectric power development and the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway on the International Section of the St. Lawrence River
Location: NAV Canada Training Institute & Conference Centre
Cornwall, Ontario Canada
Dates: May 6-8th, 2008
Deadline to submit papers: February 29th, 2008
The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences in partnership with the Great Rivers Center at Clarkson University is pleased to host its 15th Annual International Conference on the St. Lawrence River / Great Lakes Ecosystem. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway including the Moses-Saunders dam -- an event which dramatically changed and impacted both the St Lawrence and Great Lakes ecosystems. The seaway was first used on April 25, 1959, although it was not officially opened until June 26, 1959, by Queen Elizabeth II and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. At the time of its construction, the seaway project was considered by some to be the largest work of engineering of all time. In 1535, Jacques Cartier stood on Mount Royal looking down in despair at the Lachine Rapids that barred his further progress inland along the St. Lawrence River. It wasn’t until 1954 that a formal agreement between Canada and the U.S. finally made the St. Lawrence Seaway possible. Heralded as a marvel of engineering when it opened in 1959, the Seaway has been hit by environmental problems and hard economic times over the last two decades.
We are presently pursing this opportunity of publishing the conference proceedings of 2008 & 2009 in a peer-reviewed format to commemorate these anniversaries.
Our conference will focus on current issues regarding managing this and similar systems, the ecological and social challenges to help describe what the future holds for regulated rivers and water in Canada and around the world. Research contributions addressing environmental issues relevant to the St. Lawrence River or river ecosystems are also welcome.
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