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Re: GLIN==>> Making Lake Michigan Great
- Subject: Re: GLIN==>> Making Lake Michigan Great
- From: "Janet Vail"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 16 Jun 99 16:41:58 -0500
- List-Name: GLIN-Announce
MAKING LAKE MICHIGAN GREAT TOUR KICKS OFF IN MUSKEGON!!!!
"How is Lake Michigan doing? Can we safely swim in the lake? Can we
drink the water? Can we control zebra mussels?" These were some of
the questions the public had as the W.G. JACKSON vessel of the Grand
Valley State University Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute
(GVSU-WRI) made its way around Lake Michigan last summer on the Making
Lake Michigan Great. Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, the tour will happen again in 1999.
The Lake Michigan Forum
The Making Lake Michigan Great '99 tour is a project of the Lake
Michigan Forum. The Forum provides input from broad interests around
Lake Michigan for the development of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (U.S. EPA) Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan. The Forum
is a diverse stakeholder group of academia, government, business,
industry, sport fisheries, and others.
The purpose of Making Lake Michigan Great '99 is to spread the word
about the U.S. EPA Lakewide Management Plan for Lake Michigan as well
as research like the Lake Michigan Mass Balance Study. It was funded
primarily by a grant from the U.S. EPA. The tour provided hands-on
experience in water issues aboard the W.G. JACKSON, a 65 foot
university research/education vessel. At the ports of call, there
will be cruises, open houses, and community forums.
The Ports of Call
The start of the tour was June 15th in Muskegon, Michigan which is the
home port of the W.G. Jackson vessel. On June 24th and 25th, the
Waukegan Harbor Citizen's Advisory Group will host the W.G. Jackson.
This is followed by a stop at Navy Pier in Chicago on June 26th and
27th hosted by the U.S. EPA and the Chicago Academy of Sciences. The
East Chicago Waterway Management District will welcome the vessel on
June 28th and June 29th. The W.G. Jackson continues to St. Joseph
where the Friends of the St. Joe River will be planning events on June
30th . The first part of the tour concludes in South Haven at the
Michigan Maritime Museum on July 1st .
The W.G. Jackson will be on-hand for the festivities of Celebrate
White Lake on July 31st and the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven on
August 5th. Later in August, the vessel will travel to the Wisconsin
Maritime Museum in Manitowoc on August 26th and Green Bay, Wisconsin
from August 27th -29th .
In September, the W.G. Jackson will join a number of research ships in
Milwaukee for the International Joint Commission meeting.
Information about water quality will be collected at each port of
call. Participants at the open houses will be sharing their concerns
about Lake Michigan with Forum members. This will help in the
planning for Lake Michigan. Building on the success of Making Lake
Michigan Great, there are plans for perhaps another tour in the summer
of 2000. Follow the tour on the Lake Michigan Forum Internet site at
For more information, call Janet Vail at (616) 895-3048.
Dr. Janet Vail
Co-chair, Lake Michigan Forum
Grand Valley State University