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

The Great Lakes Conference is held annually in the spring during MSU’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. Presentations may be downloaded below.

The conference is co-sponsored by Michigan State University’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. Partial funding has been provided through the Water Resources Research Program, US Geological Survey and Michigan Sea Grant Extension.

Joan Rose, Michigan State University Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife

Jon Allan, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality Office of the Great Lakes

Laura Johnson, National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University

Justin Booth and Robert Goodwin, Michigan State University Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services

Pat Lindemann, Ingham County Drain Commission

Ron Kinnunen, Michigan Sea Grant Extension; Robert Pratt, Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project

Mary Stewart Adams, Headlands International Dark Skies Park

Lisa Peterson, Michigan State University Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife

The Great Lakes Conference is held annually in the spring during MSU’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. Presentations may be downloaded below.

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

Jon Allan, Office of the Great Lakes

David Bunnell, USGS Great Lakes Science Center

Jim Boase, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Craig Stow, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Jim Diana, Michigan Sea Grant and University of Michigan

Molly Rippke, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Stephen Brede, Great Lakes Canoe

Kris Spaulding, Brewery Vivant

The Great Lakes Conference is held annually in the spring during MSU’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. Celebrating its 25th year in 2015, this year’s Great Lakes 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

John Hartig, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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

Chris Winslow, Ohio State University

Phyllis Higman, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Randall M. Claramunt, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Tammy Newcomb, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

David Mifsud, Herpetological Resource and Management

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

Keith Creagh, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Jim Lazorchak, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mark Ebener, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority

Kurt Kowalski, U.S. Geological Survey

Mary Evans, U.S. Geological Survey

Jen Daley, University of Michigan

Dan O’Keefe, Michigan Sea Grant

Inland Waters Conferences

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.

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20150603_185950This event is a collaborative effort hosted by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership and made possible by several organizations including the Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, Michigan Lakes and Streams Association, Inc., Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research. The convention is held every other year.

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Seminars and Workshops

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 presentations from the workshop below.