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Biological Pollution Issues in the Lake Michigan Basin



Posted on behalf of Maxine Appleby <mappleby@webmariner.com>

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Dear Friend of Lake Michigan,

The Lake Michigan Forum, a diverse stakeholder group that provides input
to the United States Environmental Protection Agency on its development
of the Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP), invites you to
attend its upcoming quarterly meeting in Traverse City, Michigan on
Monday, May 10th.

The focus of this meeting will be Biological Pollution Issues in the
Lake Michigan Basin.  The meeting will include two panels and general
discussions in which public input is welcome (see reverse side for a
more detailed agenda).

The meeting will be held in Traverse City at the Bayshore Resort on 833
East Front Street (1-800-634-4401) from 1:00pm until 6:00pm.

If you have any questions about the meeting or the Lake Michigan Forum,
please contact Madeline Stone (312-554-0900) at the Delta Institute, or
visit our web site at http://www.lkmichiganforum.org
Lake Michigan Forum Public Meeting on
Biological Pollution Issues in the Lake Michigan Basin

Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions  1:00 to 1:30
Overview of the Lake Michigan Forum
Purpose of the meeting

Panel I: What is Biological Pollution and How is it Affecting the Lake
Michigan Ecosystem?  This panel will cover bacterial pathogens, aquatic
nuisance species, and invasive plants in the Lake Michigan ecosystem 
1:30 to 2:45
Richard Whitman, Station Chief, Lake Michigan Ecological Station, Great
Lakes Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey
Duane Heaton, Environmental Scientist, Great Lakes National Program
Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mike Klepinger, Michigan Sea Grant

Break  2:45 to 3:00

Panel II: What are the on-going programs in place to address the
problem?  This panel will address the local, state, national, and
international efforts that are in place to address biological pollution
problems in the Great Lakes  3:00 to 5:00
Gary Fisher, Supervisor, City of Traverse City Water Treatment Plant
Kathy Luther, Indiana Department of Environmental Management (state
initiatives)
Katherine Glassner-Shwayder, Great Lakes Commission, Great Lakes Panel
on Exotics
Lt. Commander Patrick Gerrity, Chief of the Marine Safety, Analysis and
Policy Branch, 9th District, U.S. Coast Guardy
Duane Heaton, Environmental Scientist, Great Lakes National Program
Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Break  5:00 to 5:15

Discussion  5:15 to 6:00
Are the on-going programs enough to address the problem in the Lake
Michigan basin?
What additional measures should be taken?
What is the role of the Lake Michigan Forum and the Lakewide Management
Planning process in pursuing this issue?