State of Lake Michigan Conference 2015

part of the State of Lake Michigan Conference initiative.
Watershed: Elk River
Project Lead / Organization: Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites you to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, Michigan, for the 2015 State of Lake Michigan and Great Lakes Beach Association Conference. Attendees will hear from top experts in their fields about the current status and science behind Lake Michigan and beach restoration and management. Sessions from previous conferences have included:

  • Contaminants and Emerging Chemicals of Concern
  • Invasive Species, Food Webs and Lake Michigan Fisheries
  • Nutrients and Nuisance Algae
  • Climate Change, Great Lakes Water Levels, and Coastal Hazards
  • Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development
  • Sustainable Harbors, Ports and Marinas
  • Lake Michigan Species and Habitat Restoration
  • Physical, Hydrological, and Geological Aspects of Great Lakes Beaches
  • Epidemiological and Pathogen Occurrence Studies

Optional activities will include field trips, training sessions, and an evening reception. This year’s conference will also showcase The Freshwater Summit, an annual gathering in Traverse City of environmental professionals, scientists, engaged citizens, and government agencies to explore local and regional water issues from a Great Lakes regional

This joint conference will draw together more than 350 resource managers, scientists, elected officials, planners, students, and interested citizens from around Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes. Please join us to strengthen the network of individuals and organizations working to restore, protect, and celebrate these important resources.

More information and a Call for Abstracts will be posted at (select “DEQ Workshops”).

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