FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE What: Lake Michigan: State of the Lake 2001 When: November 6 and 7, 2001 Where: Muskegon, Michigan The agenda for Lake Michigan: State of the Lake 2001 has been finalized and those interested in Lake Michigan issues are invited to attend this two-day event on November 6-7, 2001 in Muskegon, Michigan. The Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University has convened the conference in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lake Michigan Forum. Lake Michigan: State of the Lake 2001 will draw upon the expertise of government agencies, scientific researchers, policy makers, and others to address Lake Michigan research and issues. The conference seeks to engage a diverse group of Lake Michigan basin stakeholders to exchange information as well as to provide input into the Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) for Lake Michigan. Conference participants will be given an opportunity to respond to draft targets and suggested indicators for the environmental status of the Lake Michigan basin. As a follow-up to the Great Lakes Beach Conference, a special session on recreational water quality will be of interest to beach managers and researchers. The general conference agenda is as follows: Tuesday, November 6, 2001 9:00 - 10:00 Registration 10:00 - 12:00 Plenary Session Lunch 1:00 - 4:45 Concurrent Session 1: Aquatic Nuisance Species Workshop 1:00 - 4:45 Concurrent Session 2: Lake Michigan Potential Damages Study: Coastal Process Workshop 5:00 - 7:00 Poster Session at GVSU Lake Michigan Center Wednesday, November 7, 2001 8:30 - 12:00 Concurrent Session 3: Fisheries and Lake Biology 8:10 - 12:00 Concurrent Session 4: Fate of Contaminants in Lake Michigan Lunch 1:00 - 5:00 Concurrent Session 5: Coastal Watersheds and Restoration 1:00 - 5:00 Concurrent Session 6: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 1:00 - 4:30 Concurrent Session 7: Recreational Water Quality Workshop Attached is the conference agenda. Updates to the agenda can be viewed at the conference icon at: http://www.gvsu.edu/wri. The U.S. EPA Lake Michigan Forum will meet in conjunction with the conference on Tuesday, November 6th from 1:00 - 3:00. A special topic of the session is Stewardship Indicators. Travel Directions: The conference headquarters and hotel is the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor, 939 Third Street in Muskegon. The Grand Valley State University Lake Michigan Center is located a short distance away at 740 W. Shoreline Drive near Heritage Landing in Muskegon. From I-96 Westbound and US-31 Northbound, follow Business Route 31 into Muskegon. Angle left toward the lake on Shoreline Drive. Turn left on Third Street. From U.S.-31 Southbound, take downtown Muskegon Business 31 exit and follow into Muskegon. Turn right on Third Street, two blocks to hotel. Muskegon is served by major airlines including Northwest, United Airlines, and Midwest Express. The Holiday Inn provides a courtesy shuttle to and from the airport. Accommodations: Rooms are being held at the Holiday Inn for the conference at a special rate until October 27, 2001. For reservations, call (231) 722-0100 or (800) 846-5253. A list of other area accommodations is available upon request at 1-800-250-WAVE. Registration Information: The registration fee for the entire conference is $65 (two lunches, breaks, receptions, continental breakfast, conference materials). One-day registrations are available at $35 (lunch, breaks, reception or continental breakfast, conference materials). The registration form is attached or it can be downloaded from http://www.gvsu.edu/wri. For more conference information, call (616) 895-3048 or E-mail email@example.com.