ML&SA Annual Conference Workshop Follow-up

Presenters for the “Exploring the Critical Role of Local Units of Government in Lake and Aquatic Invasive Management” workshop that occurred during the 2017 Michigan Lake and Stream Associations annual conference continue to have bi-monthly “Zoom Meetings” with those who attended the original workshop, and any other interested persons.

The first learning and support session occurred on Friday, May 19, 2017, with many local government officials, riparians, and subject-matter experts participating from around the state using the Zoom Meeting internet connection. Participants explored the use of Overlay Districts as a planning and zoning approach to protect water resources. Also discussed during the session were success stories about interaction with agricultural stakeholders to enhance water quality efforts.

The next Zoom Meeting will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.

The deadline to register for this session is 1:30 PM on Thursday, July 20.

To download and/or view the agenda for the session, click here

Here’s the link to find out more about this great learning opportunity and to register for the event:


Everyone is invited to participate. The session will focus on the question/issue:
“Is the management of aquatic invasive species (AIS) a controversial subject in your area?” The Zoom webinar will cover tips for moving forward despite differences of opinion between riparians and fishing enthusiasts, demystify the DEQ aquatic nuisance plant treatment permitting process, and showcase stories from the frontlines in local rule making for boat washing, and the deployment of boat wash facilities.

The information posted in the “Adventures” group continues to expand, and is relevant for riparians, environmentalists, and local government officials.

Note: The Great Lakes Clean Communities Network hosts documents related to the annual conference workshop, and the bi-monthly Zoom Meetings. There is no fee for registration, however, use of a high quality internet access connection is highly recommended.

For more information, contact Monica Day, Michigan State University Extension Water Resources Educator, at 517-768-2046 (office).

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