Registration for the Freshwater Summit is now closed. 

The registration deadline for the fifth annual Freshwater Summit is Tuesday, Oct. 16.  The cost is $30, which includes lunch.

The Freshwater Summit will be held on Friday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m-4 p.m. at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St. in Traverse City.

Preregistering is strongly encouraged, as the Summit usually sells out.  Walk-ins cannot be guaranteed.

If you cannot register online and want to pay by credit card, call Denise Baker at 231~935~1514 ext. 4.  If you prefer to pay by check, mail a check payable to the Watershed Center, postmarked by Oct. 15, to 13272 S. West Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City, 49684.

This year’s theme is Our Changing Great Lakes.  Highlights include:

  • Dave Ulrich, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative~Change the Great Lakes for the Better
  • Ralph Bednarz, Michigan DEQ~Lakes Assessment Survey
  • Guy Meadows, Ph.D., Great Lakes Research Center~Secrets Beneath Lake Huron
  • Dr. Dave Hyndman, MSU~Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Climate Change
  • Matt Herbert, The Nature Conservancy and Randy Claramunt, MDNR~Restoring Critical Fish Spawning Reefs

You’ll also learn about Boardman River dam removals, inland lake fish shelters, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, clean boating and more!

You can download a complete agenda here.  Agendas will also be distributed at the Summit.  Please note that agenda may be subject to change.

If your lake association is a member of the Network of Lake Associations, you can send two representatives free, but you must register all names by October 16 with Denise Baker at dbaker@gtbay.org.

If your organization or business would like to have a booth, please contact Denise Baker at dbaker@gtbay.org by October 16.  Non-profit booths are $50, and business booths are $200.  You must pay an additional $30 for lunch for each person staffing your booth.

If you need lodging Thursday and/or Friday evening, Cambria Suites is offering a discounted rate for Freshwater Summit attendees.  Call 231~778~9000.

The Freshwater Summit is generously sponsored by AMEC, Cambria Suites and Great Lakes Environmental Center.

The Freshwater Summit is co-hosted by the Watershed Center, NMC Water Studies Institute, Michigan Sea Grant, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation Resource Alliance, Grand Traverse Conservation District, Inland Seas Education Association, Network of Lake Associations, Rotary Water Committee and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.