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E-M:/ Watershed Forum in West Michigan



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Enviro-Mich message from "Cynthia Price" <skyprice@gmail.com>
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There are attachments that go with this, including a registration
form, which I'd be glad to send to anyone who is interested.

Cynthia Price
Chair, Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership

NEWS RELEASE



West Michigan Great Lakes Watershed Forum

Thursday, September 11, 2008 ~ Michillinda Lodge

Whitehall, Michigan, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Registration Deadline - September 3, 2008 – Space is Limited



Please Post - Distribute to Your Local Watershed and Community Leaders
throughout West Michigan



The public is invited to participate in a day-long forum to identify
West Michigan natural resource priorities and to find out about
progress being made to protect and restore Great Lakes watersheds.



The public forum will be held at the historic Michillinda Lodge on the
shores of Lake Michigan in Whitehall, Michigan from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00
p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2008.







Steven Chester, Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality, will provide the keynote address on the state of
environmental restoration and protection in the Great Lakes state.



Dr. Janet Vail, Grand Valley State University Annis Water Resources
Institute and Kathy Evans, Program Manager, West Michigan Shoreline
Regional Development Commission will set the stage for watershed
discussions with morning presentations on the state of Lake Michigan
and watersheds in West Michigan.  A special presentation by Michigan
United Conservation Clubs will highlight efforts underway to develop a
Michigan plan for Great Lakes restoration and protection.



Other morning topics include: the restoration of impaired waters,
watershed plans, sustainable development, coastal zone management,
land - use and wildlife habitat.



Afternoon presentations will feature successful restoration and
protection projects in the White River, Muskegon River, Pere Marquette
and Big Sable River watersheds.



Local government officials and natural resource managers are
encouraged to attend to discuss local priorities with West Michigan
watershed and natural resource restoration organizations, including:
Ducks Unlimited, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality, Grand Valley State University
Annis Water Resources Institute, West Michigan Shoreline Regional
Development Commission, Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, White River
Watershed Partnership, Big Sable Watershed Restoration Committee and
Conservation Resource Alliance.



Forum organizers and partners will take public input from participants
to help determine local and regional priorities for future restoration
and protection activities in West Michigan watersheds.  The
information will be used to develop programs and projects to restore
and protect the Great Lakes.



The cost to register is $15.00 and includes morning coffee, lunch and
handouts.  Registration deadline is September 3, 2008.  To register,
please contact West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission
at (231) 722-7878, Extension 10 or use the on-line registration form
and agenda, located at www.wmsrdc.org.  The agenda and registration
form is attached for your convenience.

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