Alcona County WaterWays Sessions

Event Date: 12/3/2018
End Date: 12/8/2018

Lake Huron Fisheries program with Jim Johnson

“The Importance of Engaging Citizens as Advocates for our Great Lakes; the Roles of Science, Stakeholder Values and Politics (a scientist’s view).”

Jim Johnson, retired, Lake Huron fisheries research biologist and trustee for the Besser Museum for NE Michigan, will explain how healthy fisheries are both indicators of environmental quality and important in engaging citizen advocates for the Great Lakes. He will begin with the story of how an exciting, new Pacific salmon fishery led to the banning of DDT (and later PCBs) by Michigan. While the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan’s Fishery Heritage Exhibit spans the period of pre-settlement to the present day, the story of the recovery of Great Lakes fisheries during the 1970s-1990s, the role of citizen advocates in driving the recovery, and present threats to that recovery will be the focus of this talk.

Clarence “Tuffy” Cross, retired commercial fisherman, will demonstrate fishing net knot-tying and Brandon Schroeder, educator from NEMGLSI, will have “fish print” crafts for children available during the program.

Thursday, December 6, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

“Life Under the Ice” with MSU Extension and Michigan Sea Grant

Ever wonder about life under the ice in a pond? This is your chance to explore the mysteries of life under the sea with MSU Extension and Michigan Sea Grant. Water from the local pond with live specimens will be set up inside for you to experience.

Watershed and Water Stewardship Day with Pine River-Van Etten Watershed and NE Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

Everyone lives within a watershed – the surrounding area of land in which water collects and ultimately drains into a water source. Where are the watersheds here in Alcona County and how can we protect them? Lots of hands-on activities for all ages. Free popcorn and other snacks.