John Hartig at Great Lakes conference in East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University Kellogg Center, 219 S Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824

This conference will address some of the major benefits that the Great Lakes provide as well as challenges that they continually face.


9:00 Welcome and Introduction – Heather Triezenberg, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Michigan State University, East Lansing

9:15 Legislative Developments with the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) and Invasive Species – Sarah LeSage, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator, Water Resources Division, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 Towards Knowing the Unknowns: Great Lakes Fish Health in the 21st Century – Tom Loch, Assistant Professor, Aquatic Animal Health Lab, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, Michigan State University, East Lansing

11:15 The Erie Situation: Documentary in Progress – David Ruck, President/Producer, Great Lakes Outreach Media, Muskegon, MI

12:00 Lunch – On Your Own

Afternoon Moderator: Michelle Selzer, Water Resources Division, EGLE

1:30 Harmful Algal Blooms and Forecasting – Tom Johengen, Director, Michigan Sea Grant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2:15 Break

2:30 Waterfront Porch: Reclaiming Detroit’s Industrial Waterfront as a Gathering Place for All – John Hartig, Visiting Scholar, University of Windsor’s Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research and Great Lakes Science Policy Advisor, International Association for Great Lakes Research, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

3:15 Life of the Lakes: Fisheries – Brandon Schroeder/Dan O’Keefe, Senior Educators, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension, Alpena/West Olive, MI

4:00 Adjourn