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Michigan State University                                            Contact:          Doug Carter

W. K. Kellogg Biological Station                                 Phone:             269-671-2400 ext. 227

3700 East Gull Lake Drive                                          E -mail:            carter74@msu.edu

Hickory Corners MI 49060                                          Date:               September 16, 2005


Public Forum to Address Future of Kalamazoo River Watershed


Battle Creek, Mich. A large coalition of Kalamazoo River Watershed (KRW) stakeholders is conducting a watershed-wide public forum on Friday, Oct 7, at the McCamly Plaza Hotel in downtown Battle Creek.  The forum will provide an opportunity for stakeholders across the KRW to come together for the first time since a similar forum in 1991, to learn about this shared vital resource and connect with the people and organizations that work on its behalf.


Noted conservation leader and author Dave Dempsey of St. Paul, Minn. will help conduct the forum and serve as its luncheon keynote speaker.  Mr. Dempsey is provided through the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Expert in Resident (EIR) program and has a nationwide reputation as a water policy expert and author.  His award winning books include Ruin and Recovery: Michigan’s Rise as a Conservation Leader, and On the Brink: The Great Lakes in the 21st Century.  Mr. Dempsey is currently working on a biography of former Michigan Governor William G. Milliken, and served for seven years as Michigan Governor James Blanchard’s environmental policy advisor in the 1980s.


The forum will feature educational sessions in the morning on current watershed issues and topics including water use, railway and greenway development, phosphorous reduction and water quality, land use and sustainable growth, toxics and Superfund status, and current watershed assessments.  The afternoon session will entail shared visioning where attendees will participate in identifying desirable next steps in cooperation to help manage and direct the watershed toward a better future. 


This conference promises to be both relevant and enjoyable.  A nominal attendance charge of $20 covers conference educational materials, numerous networking contacts in the large display areas, a continental breakfast and an enjoyable luncheon meal.  Some 30 displays and demonstrations by area businesses and organizations involved in watershed management activities are expected.  


The forum brochure and registration form is available at  www.kbs.msu.edu/kzoonps, under “Calendar of Events.”  For additional information or to register by phone, call Michigan State University Extension at 269-671-2412, ext. 223 or 227 by Sept. 30,



Suzanne Knoll, Biologist

Community Wildlife Program and Research

Kalamazoo Nature Center

269.381.1574 Phone

269.381.2557 Fax

"Connecting People and Nature"