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Shoreline Communities Workshop

Workshop for Shoreline Communities Living beside the Great Lakes
Houghton-Hancock – Sept. 13, 2007  (11 Responses)

1.  Was this workshop a worthwhile activity for you?          Yes = 11        No = 0

  • The workshop provided me with new information. I was not familiar with the concept of watershed planning. I also learned a lot about sampling techniques and what can be learned from the process.  Very worthwhile.
  • Better understanding of the “living” Portage Lake.  Try to address personal property situations to limit runoff into lake.
  • It was a true educational experience.  I gained knowledge via the info presented of the importance of a “healthy” watershed/waterway.
  • Learned what’s being done currently in Houghton area.  Learned from participant questions where interest is.
  • Learned what a watershed is and how it affects lakes and streams, stormwater control and runoff flaws, dos and don’ts.
  • It provided a new vision on Lake Superior and opened up some needs that are not now being met.
  • The timing was good for Hancock City Council dealing with Swedetown Creek.
  • Information helpful for planning commission.
  • We need this info to help us improve Huron Creek.
  • Awareness of the issues in regard to watershed management and stormwater management.

2. What did you like best about this workshop?

  • Learning about sampling
  • Viewing slides of microorganisms
  • Boat trip
  • Information to take home
  • Field Study
  • Passionate personnel made it interesting
  • Quality, concise powerpoint presentation
  • Demonstrations
  • Organization order

3.  Did the presentations address appropriate topics, at the correct level, and within an adequate amount of time to meet you and your community’s needs? 

  • Topics were appropriate and well targeted to city officials. 
  • Needed more time
  • Subject matter was presented appropriately for the “lay” people in the audience.

4.  List one or more NEW pieces of information that you learned at the workshop.

  • Sampling and Measuring techniques
  • Concept and modeling of watershed planning
  • Environmentally friendly alternatives for shore line and waterway development
  • That environmentalists recognize the need for development and have devised programs that help cities do that wisely
  • Methods to capture runoff water
  • More info on food chain in Portage Lake
  • Importance of buffer zones and its cleansing properties
  • More detailed info on Huron Creek
  • Lake sediment info
  • Council may want to look at stormwater ordinances
  • Council and planning commission should take more time to review site plans to address storm water removal!
  • Watershed plans may access restoration funds
  • Info on grants to help plan and remediate streams
  • Trout eat cormorants!
  • Organisms live in unhealthy water
  • Limnology info
  • Watershed management planning

5. How could this workshop be improved?

  • More time for hands-on work with sampling as well as more detail/guidance for developing sound plans would be good.  At least for me, a lot of new info was presented and I would have liked to learn more.
  • Tour Huron Creek—I think that was done before, but it might be good to do again.
  • It was very good.
  • More time on water.  More information about persuading developers to maintain infiltration
  • Longer—maybe do it in two meetings.

6. Would you like a follow-up session?           Yes=9             No=0              Maybe=2
List topics that you would like addressed in follow-up sessions?

    • To a potential group interested in protecting the Swedetown Creek
    • Specifics on Huron Creek remediation
    • What other pervious surfacing options are there?
    • Review a watershed management plan—sample plan
    • For committee reviewing or developing road or ordinances
    • More ideas for community, personal and governmental actions to affect our lakes!
    • Public awareness plan
    • More depth regarding the planning process; tools available, resources, etc.
    • Risks from formalizing plans—liability, unwanted state/federal intrusion
    • Permit requirements?
    • Details on what assistance MTU can provide
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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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