August 2-3, 2012 Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative Meeting in Duluth, Minnesota

October 7, 2019

On August 2-3, 2012, the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the International Joint Commission (IJC) co-hosted the sixth full-scale meeting of the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative (BWC) in Duluth, Minn.

The goals of this meeting were for participants to: (1) gain a better understanding of the research being done on ballast water movement and treatment in the Great Lakes; and (2) continue discussions about ballast water treatment system (BWTS) technology, research, and policies.  The BWC was formed to facilitate the exchange of information and cultivate relationships among academia, the shipping industry, policy makers, and other stakeholders in the ongoing challenge to maintain a cost-effective modern shipping industry while also preventing invasive species from entering North American waters, specifically the waters of the Great Lakes.