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Shoreline Communities Workshop

For Houghton & Hancock City Councils & Planning Commissions

The Great Lakes & Shoreline Communities – 5:30-8:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 13

Meet at the UPPCO Conference Room in Houghton
Workshop Agenda 

5:15 pm          Registration & refreshments (UPPCO conference room)
5:30 pm          Welcome & Program Overview
5:40 pm          Top Threats to the Great Lakes & What We Can Do
- Joan Chadde, water resource specialist

  1. Recent assessments of Great Lake health & economic value
  2. Great Lakes Cities Initiative

6:00 pm          Board Agassiz research vessel (at dock west of Portage District Library)
6:10 pm          Safety (Captain Stephen Roblee)
6:15 pm          Depart (Portage Waterway)

Groups alternate:
Group 1
30 minutes     Evaluating the Health of the Great Lakes  (at mouth of Coles Creek)
- Dr. Noel Urban, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering

  1. What’s in the Bottom Sediments?
  2. Water Quality (oxygen, pH, temp, nutrients, toxins) & Aquatic Food Web
  3.  Plankton & the Aquatic Food Web
  4.  Water Clarity – secchi disk

Group 2
30 minutes     (a) What Does Water Quality Tell Us About Land Management?
- Dr. Alex Mayer, Dept. of Geological Sciences & Engineering

                        (b) Plankton, Benthic Organisms, and Non-point Source Pollution
- Joan Chadde, water resource specialist

7:20 pm          Disembark
7:30 pm          Buffet Dinner (UPPCO conference room)
7:45 pm          What Can Cities Do to Protect the Great Lakes?
- Dr. Alex Mayer, Dept. of Geological Sciences & Environmental Engineering

  1. Watershed Management Planning
  2. Storm water management
  3. Riparian buffers
  4. Low impact shoreline development

8:30 pm Thanks for coming!


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Co-Sponsors and Funders
Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society ♦ Wege Foundation ♦ Michigan United Conservation Clubs
Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Initiative ♦ Michigan Space Grant Consortium



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