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Thanks Carol!
And I may say...these are fun, informative, interactive workshops that provide a great opportunity to interact with other local government officials and citizens engaged at the local level. Thanks to all who participated in the Grand Rapids wetland workshop on Wednesday!
Take Care,
Wil Cwikiel, Program Director
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
426 Bay Street
Petoskey, MI  49770
Phone: (231) 347-1181 ext. 115
FAX: (231) 347-5928
e-mail: wil@watershedcouncil.org
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From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Carol Osborne
Sent: Friday, June 03, 2005 11:28 AM
To: Enviromich
Subject: E-M:/ Reminder--June Wetlands Workshops
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Wetlands Workshops Offer Guidance for Local Wetlands Protection

Communities throughout 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 floodwaters


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).  


Workshops are being offered from 1 to 5 pm in these locations throughout Michigan:

June 7--Traverse City (TOMWC)

June 8--Bay City (EMEAC)

June 14--Alpena (TOMWC)

June 14--Washington Township (Macomb County) (EMEAC)

June 16--Ann Arbor (EMEAC)

June 22--Marquette (TOMWC)

June 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 www.watershedcouncil.org.  For registration information and questions, contact Jill Kimble, TOMWC, at 231-347-1181, ext 100, or EMEAC at (248) 258-5188 or emeac@aol.com.   Preregistration is required.