The 26th annual Great Lakes conference is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, MI from 9:00am-4:00pm.  This year’s conference, The Great Lakes: Michigan’s Water Heritage, will feature presentations that relate to the goals of the Michigan’s Draft Water Strategy, a 30-year strategy to ensure Michigan’s water resources support healthy ecosystems, citizens, communities, and economies. The conference is free and open to the public; however, advanced registration is requested. Visit: www.iwr.msu.edu/events/ANRWeek to see a complete agenda and link to the registration page.

Presentations and speakers will include:

Michigan’s 30 year Water Strategy – Jon Allan, Director, Office of the Great Lakes, MDEQ

Ecosystem-level changes in the Great Lakes and Effects on Fisheries -Bo Bunnell, USGS Great Lakes Science Center

Lake Sturgeon Restoration in the Great Lakes- Jim Boase, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Targets for Lake Erie for HAB Reduction – Craig Stow, NOAA and Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab

Net-Pen Aquaculture in the Great Lakes – Jim Diana, Michigan Sea Grant

Monitoring for Beach Pathogens – Molly Rippke, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Great Lakes Adventures – Stephen Brede, Great Lakes Canoe, Petoskey

Water Use and Beer Breweries: Minimizing Impacts – Kris Spaulding, Brewery Vivant

The conference is sponsored by Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU Institute of Water Research, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, and the Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. For further information, contact: Lois Wolfson at wolfson1@msu.edu or call (517) 353-3742.

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