IJC Honours Murray Charlton with 2005
Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science
Published May 31, 2005
Murray Charlton, MSc, a renowned Great Lakes researcher
at Environment Canada's National Water Research Institute
Burlington (Ontario), has been awarded the IJC Biennial
Award for Great Lakes Science, the International Joint
Commission (IJC) announced today.
Mr. Charlton will receive the award when he presents a
keynote address at the IJC's 2005 Great Lakes Conference
and Biennial Meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11
in room 1101 of the Biosciences Complex on the campus
of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
The IJC is honouring Mr. Charlton for his lifelong and
scientific work including his role in conducting a 30-year
monitoring program of nutrients, temperature and dissolved
oxygen in lakes Erie and Ontario. His accomplishments
have directly contributed to progress under the Great
Lakes Water Quality Agreement, such as the development
of a model used to set the loading objectives in Annex
2 of the agreement. Mr. Charlton is also recognized for
his collaborative work with a wide range of researchers,
for communicating with the public frequently and effectively,
and for playing an active role in community initiatives
such as the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan.
"The IJC gives this award to recognize that great
science is the key to
Great Lakes restoration," said The Right Honourable
Herb Gray, chair of the Canadian Section of the IJC. "Science
must continue to be the catalyst for coordinated, effective
action to restore the lakes," emphasized Dennis Schornack,
U.S. Chair of the IJC.
The IJC, which assists the United States and Canada implement
the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, is holding its
Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting on June 9-11
on the campus of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
It is calling on the public to contribute to the Canadian
and United States federal governments' review of the Agreement
by coming to the plenary sessions on Friday and Saturday
and expressing their views. The Agreement was
last amended in 1987. The public's views will help ensure
that the Agreement continues to guide the governments'
clean-up and protection of the Great Lakes effectively.
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Canadian Minister
of the Environment; The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario
Minister of the Environment; Benjamin H. Grumbles, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator
for Water; and Steven E. Chester, Director of Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality will all be making
presentations at the conference.
Dr. David Schindler, renowned freshwater ecologist, and
Dr. David Suzuki, scientist, author and host of the well-known
television program The Nature of Things, will be special
keynote presenters at the conference.
Thursday's workshops on the latest Great Lakes science
registration fee; registration for the Friday and Saturday
sessions is free.
Admission to the presentations by Dr. Schindler and Dr.
Suzuki is also free and open to the public. Special admission
is provided for the media. All participants are requested
to register online by June 1 at
For more information, visit www.ijc.org (2005 Great
Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting) or http://www.ijc.org/2005biennial/about_en.php
The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves
disputes between the United States of America and Canada
under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the
common good of both countries as an independent and objective
advisor to the two governments.
For further information: Contacts: Ottawa: Paula Fedeski-Koundakjian,
(613) 995-0088; Washington: Frank Bevacqua, (202) 736-9024