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E-M:/ SW-MI - Upcoming Symposium on Water Quality and Land Use



Water Quality and Land Use Symposium
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Southwestern Michigan College, Mathews Conference Center
Dowagiac, Michigan
Free and open to all!  Dinner is provided.  Seating is limited.
Call (269) 445-8643 x3 to reserve your seat by November 13!******************************************************************************
Tentative Schedule:
4:00 - Community Expo - get your questions answered by the experts!
5:00 - Identify and Protect Unique Habitats and Species in Southwest Michigan - Southwest  Michigan Land Conservancy
5:30 - State of the Watershed (pollutants/threats/restoration activities) - Jay Wesley, Michigan  Department of Natural Resources
6:15 - Dinner (showing of the new Dowagiac River Watershed video)
7:15 - A New Tool for Planning Commissioners, Community Leaders, Educators - Showcasing  the Watershed CD-ROM - Joe VanderMeulen, Land Information Access Association
8:00 - Local Examples of Planning and Zoning to Protect Water Quality - How Can Your  Community Move Forward? - Steve Langworthy, LSL Planning
8:30 - Longmeadow - A Developer's Experience with an Open Space Development in Southwest  Michigan- Jane Tenney, Developer of Longmeadow
8:45 - Innovative Stormwater Management at the Dowagiac Industrial Park (using created wetlands) - Daryl Veldman, Wightman and Associates, Inc.
9:00 - Adjourn

Questions?  Call or e-mail Marcy Colclough, Cass County Conservation District - (269) 445-8643 x3
marcydolphin@yahoo.com

Additional Information
     Having a safe and clean water supply is important to everyone.  The activities occurring on the land affects the quality of our ground and surface waters (wetlands, ponds, lakes, streams and rivers).  Most of us in southwest Michigan depend on ground water for our drinking water.  Many of us in southwest Michigan enjoy the beauty and recreational opportunities offered by the numerous lakes and streams in the area.  It is no doubt that water quality is an issue we all care about.  Water quality is an issue that we all need to learn more about.  The Water Quality and Land Use Symposium being offered this fall is the perfect opportunity for community leaders, local government officials and interested citizens to learn more.       
      The Cass County Conservation District is hosting a Water Quality and Land Use Symposium on November 19, 2002 from 4:00 9:00 p.m. at the Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac.  There will be a community exhibition from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.   Exhibitors will include the Conservation District, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Groundwater Stewardship Program, County Health Department, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, MEANDRS, LSL Planning, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations and many more!  This exhibition will provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions and learn about resources that are available for protecting water quality.
     During the symposium, several speakers will address water quality and land use issues.  A representative from Michigan Department of Natural Resources will discuss water quality pollutants, threats and restoration activities in the area.  Many communities in Van Buren and Cass Counties have been working to improve their master plans and zoning ordinances to better protect water quality and natural resources.  Steve Langworthy from LSL Planning will discuss how your community can get started or move forward with similar initiatives.  A new planning tool will be demonstrated a CD-ROM developed by the Land Information Access Association in partnership with the Cass County Conservation District.  Copies of the CD-ROM will be available to participants.  In addition, a new video featuring the Dowagiac River Watershed will be shown during the dinner hour.  Copies of the video will also be available. 
      The evening will conclude with two short presentations about projects that have been implemented in southwest Michigan to protect water quality.  The first is an open space development in Niles Township and the second is an innovative stormwater design using created wetlands at the Dowagiac Industrial Park.  
     The Water Quality and Land Use Symposium is open to all.  Call the Cass County Conservation District at (269) 445-8643 x3 to register by November 13. 

 



Marcy Colclough, Project Coordinator
Dowagiac River Watershed Project
Cass County Conservation District
1127 East State Street
Cassopolis, MI 49031
(269) 445-8643 x3
fax (269) 445-0619



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