Saint Lawrence Seaway Institute
(Exact dates TBA)
As the gateway to the Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and Lake Ontario also serve as prime example of the intersection between economics and ecology. These waters open U.S. industry and consumers to global markets, but have also allowed in scores of invasive species that have significantly changed fish, plant and wildlife communities, human activity and the lakes themselves. Meanwhile, legacy pollutants and agricultural runoff have compromised water quality and put some of the region’s poorest residents at greater risk of health problems.
In September 2018, IJNR will take 15-18 journalists to explore the ecological and economic impacts of human activity in the lowest, easternmost section of the Great Lakes system, which may be its most human-impacted. This Institute will investigate water quality problems in both Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence Seaway posed by legacy industry, agricultural and municipal runoff, ecosystem impacts of human activity such as compromised native species and habitats, and the relationship between shipping and invasive species.
Stay tuned for more specific details as this exciting institute takes shape.