State of Lake Michigan Conference 2011

part of the State of Lake Michigan Conference initiative.
Watershed: Lake Michigan
Project Lead / Organization: Michelle Caldwell - Indiana Dept of Environmental Management

The 7th biennial State of Lake Michigan Conference and the 11th annual Great Lakes Beach Association Conference will be held at the Stardust Event Center connected to the Blue Chip hotel, located in Michigan City, Indiana from September 26 -28.  The conference brings together elected officials, scientists, resource managers, planners, students, and citizens working to improve Great Lakes beaches and Lake Michigan, as outlined in the  Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan

Important Links:
Conference information:

Conference online registration:

Please register before September 1st to receive the reduced rate - $100 full conference registration!  All registrations must be received by September 14th

Please note that Monday field tours are limited in available space and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Hotel info:
The conference will be held in Michigan City, Indiana at the Stardust Event Center located in the Blue Chip Hotel.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the hotel for conference participants and will be available Sunday night through Wednesday night, 9/25, 9/26, 9/27, and 9/28/2011 with rooms available at $79 and $99 per night plus tax rates.

A credit card guarantee or first night’s deposit is required with a twenty-four (24) hour cancelation notice. All guests will be required to provide a credit card or cash at check-in for incidental charges. Please note any reservations not received by Sunday, September 4, 2011 will be released and subsequent reservations will be taken on a “rooms available” basis and the group rate is not guaranteed.

Reservations can be made by going online to and enter in the group code GSL0926 or call the Reservations Department toll free at 888-879-7711.

Activities and events include field trips, workshops and a poster session.

Session abstracts are available here

State of Lake Michigan session tracks include:

Toxics, Stressors, and Monitoring
•Resource Extraction - Impacts on Water Quality
•Next steps in AOC Monitoring and Restoration
•Models/GIS Pollution
•Prevention Actions for Toxics
•Emerging and Legacy Chemicals in our Fish
•Ecological and Human Health

Habitat and Invasive Species
•The Lake Michigan Biodiversity Strategy
•Wetland / Watershed Health and Collaboration
•Climate Change - Lake Levels, Green Infrastructure, and Adaptation
•Fish Species Health / Lake Michigan Food Web
•Regional Ocean Planning

Nearshore and Watersheds
•Dunes & Wetlands
•Coastal Wetlands Function
•Water Conservation and the Great Lakes Compact
•Lake Michigan Watershed Academy and Planning Commissions
•Harbors/Recreation: Clean & Green Marina Programs

For more information, contact:
Michelle Caldwell

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Member Projects

Forum members are involved with many projects.

Ms. Kae DonLevy

Managing the WI CLean Marina Program. Coordinating the Gatheirng Waters F… Read More

Ms. Kathy Evans

The restoration of coastal habitats, the cleanup of legacy pollution and th… Read More

Mr. Bill Hafs

Agriculture nonpoint control, Northern pike habitat restoration, buffer str… Read More

Ms. Vicky Harris

Fox River TMDL analysis for total maximum daily loads of phosphorus and sus… Read More

Mr. Martin Jaffe

Water supply planning and policy… Read More

Ms. Angela Larsen

Coordinate multi-jurisdictional planning, monitoring, and grant submissions… Read More

Ms. Kathy Luther

Comprehensive regional planning for Northwest Indiana that will protect Lak… Read More

Mr. Greg Mund

Wildlife Habitat restoration; Contaminated sediment clean-ups; Public parti… Read More

Ms. Kay Nelson

Great Lakes Compact, historical (passage) and current implementation activi… Read More

Mr. Todd Parker

Harbor & Marina Eco-EMS work… Read More

Ms. Henrietta Saunders

Public outreach on the importance of improving, conserving, protecting, fun… Read More

Mr. Bill Schleizer

Nature resource valuation and ecosystem markets.… Read More

Mr. Larry Smith

Domestic and international resource management, ecosystem rehabilitation, d… Read More

Dr. Janet Vail Ph.D

The Making Lake Michigan Tour, which is onboard public outreach and eductio… Read More

Ms. Barbara Waller

Environmental education and out-of-doors learning programs for school-age c… Read More