Fo­rum to fo­cus on Great Lakes, St. Lawrence

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Michael Twiss will dis­cuss emerg­ing is­sues con­cern­ing wa­ter qual­ity at the Oct. 6 fo­rum.

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. » A mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Joint Com­mis­sion’s Great Lakes Sci­ence Ad­vi­sory Board will dis­cuss emerg­ing is­sues con­cern­ing wa­ter qual­ity in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River when he presents the next Cazenovia Fo­rum lec­ture on Fri­day, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Cather­ine Cum­mings The­atre in Cazenovia.

Michael Twiss, who is also pro­fes­sor of bi­ol­ogy and di­rec- tor of the Great Rivers Cen­ter at Clark­son Univer­sity in Pots­dam, N.Y., will dis­cuss the sta­tus of re­search on Great Lakes ecosys­tems in a pre­sen­ta­tion en­ti­tled What would an Early Warn­ing Sys­tem look like for the Great Lakes?

The In­ter­na­tional Joint Com­mis­sion, es­tab­lished more than a cen­tury ago un­der the Bound­ary Wa­ters Treaty and made up of gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the United States and Canada, has a man­date to pro­vide proac­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of emerg­ing is­sues con­cern­ing wa­ter qual­ity in the Great Lakes re­gion, which is home to 35 mil­lion peo­ple and a fifth of the world’s fresh sur­face wa­ter. Twiss will dis­cuss the IJC Sci­ence Ad­vi­sory Board’s cur­rent work de­vel­op­ing ad­vice and rec­om­men­da­tions to Cana­dian and U.S. gov­ern­ments on ex­ist­ing and emerg­ing stres­sors and threats to wa­ter qual­ity in the lakes. He plans to out­line the need for an early warn­ing sys­tem to ad­dress these is­sues and so­licit au­di­ence in­put.

As di­rec­tor of the Great Rivers Cen­ter at Clark­son, Twiss is in­volved in the REA­SON Project, which is us­ing a net­work of wa­ter qual­ity sen­sors to un­der­stand how wa­ter level reg­u­la­tion schemes in­flu­ence and im­pact wa­ter qual­ity, pol­lu­tion track­ing and fish mi­gra­tion.

Twiss grew up in Canada and be­gan his work at Clark­son af­ter a brief ten­ure at Ry­er­son Uni--


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