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
- 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
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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Update: October 31, 2007
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