Michigan are being encouraged to consider local regulation of
wetlands at a series of workshops in June 2005. According to
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan has lost about 50% of the
wetlands it once had. These valuable areas act as filters for pollution,
provide habitat for wildlife, and help to manage
To help interested citizens and public
officials understand what they can do to protect local wetlands, these
training workshops will discuss how to create a local wetlands program.
The workshops will highlight important functions of wetlands, how to create a
wetlands map for your community, details of a wetlands ordinance and other
available tools. These workshops are organized by the Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), East Michigan Environmental Action
Council (EMEAC) and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (TOMWC).
are being offered from 1 to 5 pm in these locations throughout
7--Traverse City (TOMWC)
8--Bay City (EMEAC)
14--Washington Township (Macomb County) (EMEAC)
16--Ann Arbor (EMEAC)
23--East Lansing (EMEAC)
Workshop co-sponsors include the Michigan Society of Planning, Michigan
Townships Association, Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, Northwest MI
Council of Governments, Northeast MI Council of Governments, Great Lakes Water
Studies Institute, Huron River Watershed Council and Clinton River Watershed
Council. In fall 2005, advanced workshops will be presented for
communities to address particular problems and issues related to local
wetlands regulation and protection.
Registration fee is $35.
Registration brochures and maps to workshop locations are available at these
websites: www.emeac.org and
registration information and questions, contact Jill Kimble, TOMWC, at
231-347-1181, ext 100, or EMEAC at (248) 258-5188 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Preregistration is