Conferences and Events

The IWR partners with various groups to organize conferences and events that address key issues within the state and region.  Annual conferences focus on topics pertaining to the Great Lakes, Natural Shorelines, Source Water Assessment and Protection, and key water resource issues. Please browse IWR conferences and events below.

Great Lakes Conference

2017 Great Lakes Conference: Moving Michigan Foward

The 2017 Great Lakes Conference: Moving Michigan Forward incorporates ideas generated by Michigan State University’s Water Moves, a university-wide initiative fostering scientific innovation and cultural and artistic expression inspired by water.  Keynote addresses will be given by Dr. Joan Rose, Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University and recent recipient of the 2016 International Stockholm Water Prize, speaking on global public health issues, and Mr. Jon Allan, Director of the Office of the Great Lakes, presenting the next steps in Michigan’s Water Strategy.  A complete listing of topics and speakers is below.

The conference, part of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week at Michigan State University (MSU) is co-sponsored by MSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Institute of Water Research; Michigan Sea Grant Extension, and the Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Registration Information
Cost: $10
Register at: www.iwr.msu.edu/events/ANRWeek or call (517) 353-9222

2016 Great Lakes Conference: Michigan's Water Heritage

The 2016 Great Lakes Conference was held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, MI.

This conference featured 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.

2015 Great Lakes Conference: Advancing Knowledge and Improvement

The Great Lakes Conference is held annually in the spring during MSU’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. Celebrating its 25th year in 2015, the conference addressed current key topic issues, reflected on the status of the Great Lakes over the last 25 years, and highlighted some of the latest research and management efforts being developed for the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. Download the agenda here. Presentations may be downloaded using the links below.

Conference Sponsors: MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU Institute of Water Research; Michigan Sea Grant Extension, The Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Water Resources Research Program, US Geological Survey

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John Hartig, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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Jamie Clover-Adams, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

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Chris Winslow, Ohio State University

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Phyllis Higman, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

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Randall M. Claramunt, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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Tammy Newcomb, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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David Mifsud, Herpetological Resource and Management

2014 Great Lakes Conference: Issues and Innovations

The Great Lakes continually face complex issues including Great Lakes water levels, invasive species, changing fisheries, hypoxia and nutrient inputs. These issues are being addressed by both scientists and policy makers throughout the Great Lakes Basin. This conference addressed some of these key topic areas and highlighted some of the latest research, management, and educational efforts to assess these Great Lakes issues. Download the agenda here. Presentations may be downloaded using the links below.

Conference Sponsors: MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife; MSU Institute of Water Research, Michigan Sea Grant Extension; and Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

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Keith Creagh, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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Jim Lazorchak, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Mark Ebener, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority

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Kurt Kowalski, U.S. Geological Survey

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Mary Evans, U.S. Geological Survey

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Jen Daley, University of Michigan

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Dan O’Keefe, Michigan Sea Grant

Inland Waters Conferences

Shoreline and Shallows Conference

20150603_190234Shoreline development along inland lakes often results in the wild native shore being replaced with seawalls, rock and lawns down to the water’s edge. As a result, many lakes have little or none of their original vegetation. The reintroduction of natural shorelines through the use of green landscaping technologies and bioengineered erosion control help promote a variety of ecological services such as slowing pollutant runoff, stabilizing eroding soils, deterring geese, improving fish and wildlife habitat, and revitalizing the ecological function of the lakeshore.

Each year the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) and its partners, including the IWR, focus on emerging and current topics related to natural shorelines including the selection of native plants, influence of changing climatic conditions, policy issues and local ordinances, new bio-engineering, case studies, design considerations, high energy sites, economics of natural shoreline projects and other key issues.

Visit the MNSP website

2016 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention

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The biannual Michigan Inland Lakes Convention returned to Boyne Falls, Michigan April 28–30, 2016 at the Boyne Mountain Resort to present Science and Leadership: A Formula for Successful Lake Protection and Management.

Three days of educational presentations, discussions and in-depth workshops focusing exclusively on Michigan’s inland lakes were offered. Dozens of Michigan nonprofit, business and governmental exhibitors showcased their projects, resources and services.

Learn more about the 2016 convention

Seminars and Workshops

Assuring Sustainable Food Production with Information Technologies

This seminar, Assuring Sustainable Food Production with Information Technologies, was held during the 100th Annual Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. The ultimate goal of the seminar was to start an ongoing dialogue about evolving and cutting edge technologies and approaches that will define agriculture, food production, and conservation over the 21st century.

Speakers included:

  • Galynn Beer, Senior Sales Manager, Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers
  • Tim Boring, Vice-President, Michigan Agri-Business Association
  • Rich Bowman, Director of Government Relations, Michigan Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
  • Scott Piggott, CEO | Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Emily Reinart, Agricultural Ecology Specialist | Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Julie Spencer, Administrator | Gratiot County Conservation District
Watch the presentations