Human Impacts to Michigan's Freshwater Systems
A. MacMullan Conference Center
Higgins Lake, Michigan ( View
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Please contact Laura Kaminski, MiCorps
Staff, at the Great Lakes Commission for more information (email@example.com,
The eighth annual Michigan
Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) conference will feature presentations
from volunteers around the state, regional experts, and DEQ and
MiCorps staff, covering both lake and stream topics of interest
and success stories from volunteer monitoring efforts. In particular,
this year's conference will focus on monitoring the effects of human
impacts on Michigan's freshwater systems, including presentations
on monitoring activities associated with the 2010 Kalamazoo River
oil spill, dam removal, mining, nutrient and wastewater management,
and invasive species, as well as lakeshore habitat and human disturbance
indicators in Michigan lakes.
we will have two featured plenary speakers. Steve Noble, from the
Michigan DEQ Enbridge Response Unit, will join us to discuss the
monitoring and assessment activities associated with the response
and recovery efforts resulting from the 2010 Enbridge oil pipeline
rupture on Talmadge Creek. Mr. Noble is an Environmental Quality
Analyst with the Water Resources Division and provides oversight
of the remedial investigation portion of the ongoing work associated
with the Enbridge oil spill. He holds a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife
Management from Lake Superior State College and has been employed
in the environmental field for 25 years, working for both governmental
and private firms in the area of environmental compliance.
Ralph Bednarz, former MiCorps administrator and Cooperative Lakes
Monitoring Program coordinator with the DEQ, will present information
from the National Lakes Assessment (NLA) Survey conducted in Michigan,
including accessing lakeshore habitat and human disturbance indicators
in Michigan lakes. Mr. Bednarz retired from the DEQ in 2011 after
a 35 year career in environmental protection and water resources
management in Michigan. He is currently working with the DEQ Water
Resources Division as a Senior Environmental Employment Program
enrollee to coordinate the 2012 NLA implementation in Michigan.
Mr. Bednarz also works with the Great Lakes Environmental Center
as a regional trainer for the NLA.
training for both beginners and advanced volunteer monitors will
take place on Monday, October 29th (see below), which is free of
charge. In addition, all interested participants are invited to
attend an advisory session on possible new MiCorps lake and stream
monitoring parameters (measures) on the evening of October 29th.
The full conference
program will take place on Tuesday, October 30th.
Who Should Attend
is intended for volunteer monitoring program leaders, citizen volunteers,
water resource professionals, and others interested in the health
and protection of Michigan's rivers, lakes and streams.
Training for Volunteer Monitors
afternoon of Monday, October 29th, MiCorps will offer two free training
workshops for volunteer monitors. Participants may attend either
"Insect Identification" or "Plants of Michigan's
Lakes and Streams." See the conference
program for additional details or contact Dr. Paul Steen
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-769-5123).
Please note that you
may register for the free training sessions only, without attending
the full conference; however, advanced registration is required
to attend. Space is limited, so visit the online registration
page to sign up, or contact Laura Kaminski at email@example.com
or 734-971-9135 for more information.
Registration and Lodging
The conference registration
fee is $40 and includes lunch on Tuesday, breaks, facility use fees,
and all conference materials. Dormitory-style lodging is available
at the MacMullan Center at a rate of $48.50 for a double room and
$65 for a single room. Monday night dinner and Tuesday breakfast
are also available at the MacMullan Center for an additional cost.
Please reserve your seat and/or overnight lodging in advance using
the conference registration site.
registration has now
Registration for alumni of the Michigan
Lake and Stream Leaders Institute may be covered by
the Institute. Please contact Dr.
Jo Latimore for more information.
information, please contact Laura
MiCorps support staff, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135.
The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps)
was created through Executive Order #2003-15 to assist the Department
of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collecting and sharing water quality
data for use in water resources management and protection programs.
For more information about the DEQ's Water Resource Division, please
visit their website.