Southeast Michigan – Water School Workshop 

Event Date: 2/27/2019
End Date: 2/28/2019

Feb. 27-28, 2019

Elected and appointed officials from Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties eligible for full scholarship to attend.

By Mary Bohling, Terry Gibb, and Emily Proctor

Water is one of the most important resources in Michigan. The state has more than 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams and 3,288 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. Water provides important economic benefits through transportation of goods and energy production; recreational activities throughout the year; and amenities to improve the quality of life for communities. Michigan waters and shorelines are vital to the culture and spirituality of the Tribal Nations and community members from across the globe.

The state of Michigan and most Michigan Tribal Nations have each outlined a water resources strategy with priority measures that support and provide an understanding of water principles, values, and concepts including water stewardship and data-driven decision making. Michigan State University Extension’s Michigan Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials supports the state’s water strategy. This workshop will provide elected and appointed officials and their staff at all governmental levels a better understanding of their role in protecting their water resources.

The program is a joint effort between Michigan State University ExtensionMichigan Sea Grant and local organizations. This month the policy-neutral, fact-based program is being held in partnership with the Clinton River Watershed Council on Feb. 27-28, 2019, at the Fire Station #1 Conference Room, 31313 Brush Street, Madison Heights.

Protecting watersheds and water quality

Watersheds in Michigan often cross multiple political jurisdictions and often suffer from complex water quality, quantity and policy issues that impact the overall physical and economic health and well-being of citizens. Michigan Water School provides local and state decision makers with the information needed to understand Michigan’s water resources and the critical, relevant fundamentals of water science to support sound water management decisions. Understanding the role that each level of government plays in protecting water quality will help to protect our state’s water resources and enhance Michigan’s commercial, agricultural and recreational economies.

The Clinton River Watershed covers approximately 760 square miles in four southeast Michigan counties – about 40 percent of eastern Oakland County, about 75 percent of Macomb County, and small portions of southern Lapeer and St. Clair counties. The river (81.5 miles) and its tributaries (1,000 miles) flow through 60 rural, suburban, and urban communities with a total population of more than 1.4 million.

Scholarships available

Michigan Water School features a combination of in-class presentations, hands-on learning activities, interactive demonstrations and field tours. The program includes sessions on local water issues in the community and region, water quantity, water quality, economics, finance, planning, and water policy issues as well as a half-day field tour to enhance classroom content through highlighting innovative practices in the Clinton River Watershed.

The cost for the two-day program, which includes all materials, lunches, refreshments and tour transportation, is $175 per person. Two different scholarships are now available:                          

  • Through a generous grant from the Erb Family Foundation, MSU Extension is able to provide a $100 partial scholarship to the first 25 people who request a one. Scholarships are awarded on a reimbursement basis. Individuals must include full payment at registration. The scholarship amount is reimbursed upon completion of all program requirements. This scholarship is open to all participants on a first-come basis. 
  • Thanks to generous support from Pure Oakland Water (POW), elected and appointed officials and their staff from Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties can receive a full scholarship to attend the Michigan Water Schools. Pure Oakland Water is dedicated to protecting Oakland County and regional water resources through public education, community organizing, environmental advocacy and promotion of a sustainable future. POW chairman Jim Nash, who is also the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, sits on the Michigan Water School Advisory Committee. Commissioner Nash along with the POW board of directors are pleased to commit $4900 for 28 scholarships for MSU Water School programs through September 30, 2019. This scholarship is open to elected and appointed officials in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties.

Contacts

For more information about the program, contact Kathleen Sexton, Clinton River Watershed Council at (248) 601-0606. For more information or to request a scholarship, contact Mary Bohling, Michigan Sea Grant Extension educator at (313) 410-9431. 

Project F.I.S.H. Fishing Instructor Training

Event Date: 3/16/2019
End Date: 3/17/2019

Love Fishing? Become a Volunteer Instructor for Kids!

March 16–17, 2019, 9:30 am–4 pm (each day)

The Project F.I.S.H. Workshop helps adults of all ages learn the essentials of how to teach youth about fishing. Anyone with an interest is welcome to join the two-day, hands-on course, where participants will learn:

  • Angling skills
  • People and fish management
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Tackle crafting

Attendees receive curriculum activities, equipment, and access to supplies and resources to begin a successful fishing program or club with youth in the classroom or in an after-school setting.

Registration: bit.ly/ProjectFISHTraining

Registration deadline: Feb. 22, 2019

Cost: $50 (Lunch is included)

Contacts

Mark Stephens
steph143@msu.edu
(517) 432-2700

Meaghan Gass
Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension
gassmeag@msu.edu
(989) 895-4026 ext. 5

Location

USG’s Alabaster Plant
1550 Gypsum Road, Tawas City, MI 48763

Ludington Regional Fishery Workshop

Event Date: 1/19/2019

January 19, 2019

8:45 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Doors open at 8:00 a.m.

West Shore Community College
Administration and Conference Building
3000 North Stiles Road, Scottville, MI 49454

The annual Ludington Regional Fishery Workshop addresses issues important to Lake Michigan charter captains, recreational anglers, and conservationists.  This year’s event will feature a broad range of topics including sea lamprey control, exotic mussels, and the balance of predators and prey fish in Lake Michigan.

The afternoon will close with a special session on cormorant control. Depredation orders allowed for lethal control of cormorants before a 2016 federal court decision struck the orders down.  The afternoon session will provide historical context on the issue with an eye toward the future.

PRE-REGISTER online or by phone by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15. Pre-registration is $30/person and includes lunch. If you have not attended this workshop in the past, you will need to create an account create an account to register online.  To register by phone call Cara Mitchell at (231) 843-5825.

For those who do not register in advance, walk-in registration is $35/person and lunch may not be included depending on availability.

Contact 

Dan O’Keefe, Ph.D.
Southwest District Extension Educator
Michigan Sea Grant
Michigan State University Extension
okeefed@msu.edu

Clean Marina Classroom Live, Lansing

Event Date: 12/6/2018

The Clean Marina Classroom is going on the road, offering an in-person workshop in Lansing. Michigan Sea Grant staff and Clean Marina certification specialists will cover important lessons from the online classroom tied to mandatory and recommended best practices for becoming a Clean Marina. Pledged marinas, as well as marinas due for re-certification, are invited to attend.

For the Classroom Live workshop to be effective, participants must take the following steps before the workshop:

  1. Register for the workshop (dates and locations below).
  2. Sign the Clean Marina pledge form (new and re-certifying marinas) and pay the required pledge fee (new marinas only).
  3. Log in to the online classroom and complete the marina self-assessment (also called the certification checklist).
  4. Bring your self-assessment, a notebook (paper and pencil or laptop) and your calendar to the workshop.

In return, each marina will leave with:

  • Clean Marina Classroom certificate
  • Scheduled certification site visit date
  • Prize for completing the workshop evaluation and survey

Locations

Lansing

When: December 6, 2018, 1:30 – 6 p.m.
Where: Radisson Hotel at the Capitol, 111 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
Workshop Host: MBIA

Great Lakes Fisheries: The Fish and the People Who Fish

Event Date: 11/8/2018

Great Lakes fisheries – fish and people who fish – have significantly benefited coastal communities, the Great Lakes region and the nation throughout history and still today. Learn about our dynamic Great Lakes fisheries and a new Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail which offers the opportunity to explore the past, present and future of the lakes through the lens of fish and fishing, presented by Brandon Schroeder.

A Michigan Sea Grant Extension educator, Schroeder has served coastal Lake Huron counties in northeast Michigan for nearly 15 years. His current Sea Grant Extension efforts involve fisheries science, sustainable coastal tourism development, Lake Huron biodiversity conservation, and promoting Great Lakes literacy and education opportunities.

The program will be held 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, 491 Johnson St, Alpena, MI 49707, USA (map). The cost is $3 museum entry fee. Museum members do not pay.

After the program, explore Besser Museum exhibits that highlight fisheries history and heritage, ecology and management, social-economic values and issues that have defined our northern Lake Huron coastal communities.

The program is organized by the Association of Lifelong Learners at Alpena Community College, a not-for-profit organization which sponsors, promotes and encourages lifelong educational and enrichment experiences for people of all ages in northeast Michigan.

Great Lakes Sea Grant Symposium

Event Date: 1/29/2019

Great Lakes Sea Grant Symposium at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
Cleveland, OH
January 27-30, 2019

Members of the Sea Grant programs in Michigan, Illinois-Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York are holding a collaborative outreach session about Sea Grant’s role in communicating needs to inform research and conservation at the upcoming Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

The symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29, 1:20 pm – 5:00 pm. The conference will run from January 27-30, 2019, with an overall theme of “Communicating Science to Fan the Flames of Conservation.” 

Fish and wildlife managers are increasingly being asked to communicate and engage with stakeholders to achieve conservation goals. Public participation, stakeholder engagement, social media, and citizen science, are just a few of the ways to connect with stakeholders and advance research and management important for conservation. In this half-day symposium, we provide an overview of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Programs and their work throughout the region. We will present case studies of successful research to outreach, emphasizing the importance of communication and extension for achieving conservation goals.

We will also share how Sea Grant research is informed by local community and management needs. Specific topics to be covered will include how Sea Grant programs work with state fisheries managers to increase public access to recreational fisheries, engage K-12 students in fisheries conservation, and work with managers to address diseases in fishes. Unique examples also apply to engagement at the land-water interface, such as the Michigan EnviroImpact Tool that supports farmers in forecasting manure nutrient runoff risk. A panel discussion at the end of the symposium will provide an opportunity for prospective partners to learn more about what it’s like to work with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.

For additional information on the symposium, please contact Chiara Zuccarino-Crowe (Michigan Sea Grant Extension) at zuccari3@msu.edu

Additional information about the conference is available at www.midwestfw.org  

Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trails Conference

Event Date: 9/12/2018
End Date: 9/13/2018

Travel to Beaver Island to explore online opportunities for expanding the heritage trail network across Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

By Brandon Schroeder

Poster describing Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Conference to be held on Beaver Island, Sept. 12-13, 2018.

The 2018 Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trails Conference heads to Beaver Island, Mich., for a heritage experience, and also conversation toward expanding fisheries heritage trail partnerships across Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

Beaver Island Historical Society in collaboration with Central Michigan University Biological StationMichigan Sea GrantMichigan State University Extension, and other network partners will host the annual conference Sept. 12-13, 2018. This conference is a great opportunity for networking, sharing information and resources, and gaining new ideas linking our valuable Great Lakes fisheries with historic preservation, heritage tourism, education, and other community development efforts.

Explore technology and online opportunities

Does your community you have a local fisheries business, maritime museum or historic site, fisheries exhibit or educational materials, or even fisheries events or experiences? Would you like to share your community’s fisheries heritage stories and opportunities in more accessible ways? This year’s conference will serve to unveil a new Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail website; and explore technology and online opportunities to better connect local fisheries heritage among Great Lakes-wide audiences. Participants will learn to archive, share and connect work in their local communities, museums, and libraries with others across the state.

Explore fisheries heritage and Great Lakes science

The networking picnic, which kicks off the conference festivities on Sept. 12, 2018, is always a highlight. We will take a tour of Beaver Island Historical Society’s maritime museum, which includes a wealth of fisheries heritage artifacts, images, and stories; along with a visit to the CMU Biological Station. The following day (Sept. 13, 2018) will feature an educational conference with presentations and discussion centered on promoting fisheries heritage in connection with tourism, historic preservation and Great Lakes education goals.

This two-day conference will offer:

  • Conference kick-offand networking reception at 1 p.m. Sept. 12, 2018, with an afternoon picnic (provided) and guided tours of fisheries heritage and Great Lakes science partners and programs on Beaver Island.
  • Business meeting for the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium (open to all) will be held following dinner on Sep. 12, 2018. Participants are invited to assist in planning for this statewide network. This Great Lakes fisheries network works to benefit local museum programs and the work of fisheries organizations, promote Great Lakes literacy, enhance coastal tourism development opportunities, foster educational connections, and support community development efforts.
  • Conference educational sessions begin 9 a.m. Sept. 13, 2018, in the James Gillingham Academic Center. Learn from panel presenters, and share your own ideas and experiences that can help bring fisheries heritage stories to life. Learn how to use a new Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail website and resource in advancing your local work.

Register online to attend

  • Visit the conference website to register online. This educational program is open to all those interested in promoting maritime heritage tourism and Great Lakes stewardship. Please register by Friday, Sept. 7.
  • Registration is $50 ($30 for students) and includes picnic lunch and guided tours of Beaver Island on Sept. 12; and participation in educational conference sessions with lunch provided on Sept. 13.
  • Lodging is provided onsite at the CMU Biological Station for $76 (1 night) or $84 (2 nights) – payment and arrangements for lodging are included this year as part of registration process.
  • Travel to Beaver Island (from Charlevoix) includes ferry and flying options. Beaver Island Ferry runs on Sept. 12th (11:30 a.m. departure) and gets you to the Island on time for conference kick-off (NOTE: ferry returns on Sept. 14th – so those choosing ferry option should plan for an extra day). Flights are also available via Fresh Air Aviation and Island Airways.

For additional information about this educational program contact Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant Extension (schroe45@msu.edu, 989-354-9885).

Head to Houghton for a Lake Superior Fisheries Workshop on April 30, 2018

Event Date: 4/30/2018

Presentations include updates on several important fish issues, public encouraged to attend and provide input.

flyer describes locations and dates for annual fishery workshops

Michigan Sea Grant workshops are intended to inform the angling community and general public about fish populations and management. This year, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), our Lake Superior Fisheries Workshop will be held at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. The workshop will feature a variety of talks from the university and management agencies of the MDNR and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The talks will help anglers and the general public understand what research is taking place on the lake and how it is informing fisheries management decisions. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers allowing anglers to give valuable input.

The workshop will be 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 30, 2018, at the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University. The address 100 Phoenix Drive, Houghton, MI 49931. Parking is free after 4 p.m. at the adjacent lot 31.

Presentations (see agenda) this year will include:

  • Buffalo Reef and Stamp Sands Updates – MDEQ and Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
  • Coaster Brook Trout Population State – MI Tech Great Lakes Research Center
  • Lake Trout Status, Updates, and Isle Royale Populations – MDNR Fisheries Division
  • Ghost Nets – WI Sea Grant
  • Lake Superior Angler Creel Data –  MDNR Fisheries Division
  • MI Tech Great Lakes Research and Facility Tour – Great Lakes Research Center

The Lake Superior Fisheries Workshop is free and open to all interested participants. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Register online.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn about what is happening with the Lake Superior Fisheries!

2018 Fishery Workshops

Event Date: 4/10/2018
End Date: 5/3/2018

Michigan Sea Grant, in partnership with fisheries agencies and stakeholder organizations, hosts public information workshops annually. The workshops focus on current research and information related to the regional status of Great Lakes fisheries. These workshops are open to the public and provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals and other interested stakeholders. 

2018 Workshops

  • Standish
    Tuesday, April 10, 6–9 p.m.
  • Harrison Charter Township
    Thursday, April 12, 6–8:30 p.m.
  • Ubly/Bad Axe
    Thursday, April 19, 6–9 p.m.
  • South Haven
    Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:00-9:20 p.m.
  • Rogers City
    Tuesday, April 24, 6–9 p.m.
  • Houghton
    Monday, April 30, 6–9 p.m.
  • Cedarville
    Thursday, May 3, 6–9 p.m.

Great Lakes Water Safety Conference

Event Date: 4/26/2018
End Date: 4/27/2018

Great Lakes drownings down 11 percent in 2017 – conference will focus on education, prevention and intervention to help continue trend.

A water rescue station has been placed on a Lake Superior shoreline beach in Chocolay Township. Photo: Ron Kinnunen, Michigan Sea Grant

A water rescue station has been placed on a Lake Superior shoreline beach in Chocolay Township. Photo: Ron Kinnunen, Michigan Sea Grant

Are you ready for a safer 2018 in and around the big lakes? The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium is bringing water safety experts and advocates together to share best practices and find drowning solutions to help everyone safely enjoy our Great Lakes at their annual Water Safety Conference, April 26-27, 2018, in Evanston, Illinois. The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium connects first responders, community leaders, park rangers, research scientists, meteorologists, survivors, loved ones, and other water safety advocates to maximize collective knowledge, resources, and actions to end drowning in the Great Lakes.

Rip, structural, outlet, and channel currents continue to take the lives of many swimmers each year. Each of these types of dangerous currents have unique characteristics that pose a danger to swimmers. Many coastal communities are working together on water safety measures that will help protect swimmers using their beaches. The work appears to be paying off. There were 11 percent fewer drownings in the Great Lakes during 2017 according to data from the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. Those attending the conference will leave with new strategies, insights, and know-how to save lives in their communities and the best ways to respond in the event of a tragedy.

Do you work at a shoreline park or beach? Are you a first responder, community leader or other public servant? A survivor or the friend or loved one of someone lost? Come to the conference and learn ways to keep people safer this year. This year’s conference theme is education, prevention and intervention, and will include time for interaction with experts. There also will be bonus sessions, demos, and a few surprises. In addition, there will be a recognition of water safety heroes including Volunteer of the Year, Water Safety Superhero, and the new Wayne & Toni Brown Water Safety Lifetime Achievement Award.

The conference will provide two days of compelling presentations by and networking opportunities with experts in water safety, risk communication, lifeguarding, beach safety, and hazard mitigation. Presentations will be given by speakers from Michigan Sea Grant, Minnesota Sea GrantUniversity of MichiganGreat Lakes Surf RescueNational Weather ServiceEvanston Fire Department and more.  

Registration is $89 ($69 for early bird registration through March 31, 2018). Register at the Great Lakes Water Safety Conference website. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.