The 13th annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference starts Tuesday in downtown Buffalo.
Hundreds of people representing environmental organizations, government agencies, university researchers and others from across the Great Lakes are expected to attend the three-day forum at the Hyatt Regency.
The conference highlights restoration projects across the Great Lakes, updates current work, devises strategic plans to further restoration goals and allows attendees to network.
Tuesday's itinerary includes a morning presentation by Jill Jedlicka, executive director of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, and other local officials about the success in Buffalo born by the recent cleanup of the Buffalo River.
Buffalo's Outer Harbor, Silo City, Buckhorn Island and local farms will be on display during scheduled afternoon field trips.