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Shoreline Communities Workshop

Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental  Education  & Michigan Tech University’s Center for Water & Society

Workshops Available for
Shoreline Communities
Living Beside the Great Lakes

Michigan Tech’s Center for Water & Society and the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education are partnering to offer workshops for local government: village/city councils, planning commissions, townships, county commissioners/planning commissions, as well as civic organizations, developers, and downtown development associations that focus on shoreline development and the water quality of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes.

The workshop explores the steps which communities can take to protect their part of the Great Lakes. The workshops provides decision-makers with an overview of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes ( which addresses the following priorities for restoring and protecting the Great Lakes:

Aquatic Invasive Species  
Coastal Wetlands
Contaminated Sediments & Toxic Pollutants 
Non-Point Source Pollution
Land Use & Shoreline Development
Stormwater Management


The economies of shoreline communities are inextricably linked to the Great Lakes. Many local decision-makers have little scientific understanding of watershed management and the interaction of land use and the water quality of the Great Lakes, or how their community has the potential to negatively impact or potentially help restore the Great Lakes.

The workshop starts with a 30-minute overview of the top threats to the Great Lakes, followed by a 90-minute scientific excursion on the research vessel Agassiz where research scientists from Michigan Technological University and the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) demonstrate how the Great Lakes are studied using benthic, sediment, water chemistry, and plankton sampling devices, and what this sampling data can tell us about the Great Lakes fishery and water quality.

During the demonstration, the scientists will discuss how typical activities can or have already altered the health of the Great Lakes. Displays and samples of organisms living in the lake will be available for viewing. Following a complimentary dinner, the final session of the evening will be a discussion of what is needed to prevent degradation and/or to help restore Lake Superior. Participants will be provided with a packet of the best educational materials available on the priorities for restoring and protecting the Great Lakes listed above.

There is NO CHARGE for this 4-hour workshop. Each workshop will accommodate a maximum of 17 participants.

For more information, or to reserve a workshop date, contact Joan Chadde at 487-3341 or . This program is funded with grants from the Wege Foundation, the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, and the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society.

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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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Last Update: October 31, 2007

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