DULUTH,Minn. -


Policy makers and experts from the U.S. and Canada united in discussion Thursday, at the Great Lakes Symposium, to express interest in the future of Great Lake Waterways. 

  "This is the first event of it's kind that has been co-sponsored by Minnesota Law School and The Sea Grant," Representative from the University Of Minnesota Law  School, Brad Karkkainen said.  

Guest speakers spent the day discussing strategies and establishing dialogue about regional and global water resources.

"A variety of people who have management on water resources in this region. "Minnesota Sea Grant Program, John Downing said.

 Major topics getting attention included: climate change, water levels and mining. Chairman of the Great Lakes Indian Fish And Wild Life Commission, Michael Isham was among those proud to speak.

"This is one of the best collaboration I've seen in my 25 years in environmental protection,"Isham said.  

 "My emphasis was on the fact that we believe that tribe should be involved in the management of the great lakes," Isham said.