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GLIN==> Lake Michigan: State of the Lake '03 - Registration Deadline Approaching

Conference Announcement-

Lake Michigan: State of the Lake '03
featuring the Great Lakes Beach Association Meeting

October 21-22, 2003
Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor, Muskegon, Michigan

Convened by the Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lake Michigan Forum. Funded by the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office. 

A more detailed conference program and registration form are available online at www.gvsu.edu/wri
or e-mail vailj@gvsu.edu . 

Please register by  October 14, 2003.  Mail your registration form to GVSU, 740 W.Shoreline Drive, Muskegon or FAX to 616-331-3864.

Conference Overview
As a follow-up to the Lake Michigan: State of the Lake '99 and '01 conferences and the International Joint Commission Biennial Meeting, the Lake Michigan: State of the Lake '03 
conference is an opportunity for scientific researchers, government agencies, policy makers, and the general public to communicate with one another on current Lake Michigan issues. This two-day event has plenary and breakout sessions as well as posters and displays.

The latest information on scientific research, Great Lakes legislation, the Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan, Watershed Academy, modeling and data management, wetlands, invasive species, Lake Michigan Mass Balance Study, and many other topics will be presented by the speakers.

The Great Lakes Beach Association (GLBA) is holding its annual meeting and poster presentation at this conference.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003
9:30-10:00 am

10:00 am-noon
Plenary Session: Lake Michigan: Watersheds and Cities

Noon-1:00 pm
Lunch at the Hilt Building

1:00 pm-4:50 pm
Concurrent Breakout Session 1: Connecting Watersheds to Lake Michigan
Concurrent Breakout Session 2: Lake and Wetlands Biology

5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Reception at the GVSU Lake Michigan Center

Wednesday, October 22, 2003
7:30 am-8:30 am

8:00 am-Noon
Concurrent Breakout Session 3: Great Lakes Beach Association 3rd Annual Meeting

8:00 am-Noon
Concurrent Breakout Session 4: Watershed Modeling Workshop
Concurrent Breakout Session 5: Contaminants in Lake Michigan and Its Watersheds

Lunch at the Hilt Building

1:00 pm-3:15  pm
Concurrent Breakout Session 6: Data and Information Management
Concurrent Breakout Session 7: Lake Michigan Basin Hydrology and Geology
Concurrent Breakout Session 8: Invasive Species Workshop
3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Concluding Session: Connecting Watersheds to Lake Michigan: What is Next?

Registration for the whole conference (two lunches, break, evening reception, conference materials) is $50 U.S. One-day registrations ($35 U.S.) and GLBA only ($20 U.S.) are available. The complete conference agenda and the registration form is posted at: www.gvsu.edu/wri .

Conference Headquarters:
Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor, 939 Third Street, Muskegon, Michigan. The Tuesday reception is at the GVSU Lake Michigan Center is located at 740 W. Shoreline Drive, Muskegon.  Lunches are at the Hilt Building across the street from the Holiday Inn.

Rooms are being held at the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor at a special rate of $79.  Please call the Holiday Inn at 1-800-846-5253 for reservations listed under GVSU State of the Lake Conference.

For more conference information, contact Dr. Janet Vail at 616-331-3048 or vailj@gvsu.edu .