Freshwater Summit

The Freshwater Summit is an annual conference of environmental professionals and engaged citizens focusing on current issues facing the Great Lakes region.

What: 10th Annual Freshwater Summit

When: Friday, October 20, 2017; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front Street, Traverse City


  • Meteotsunamis in the Great Lakes and the Next Generation of Hydrodynamic Forecast Models presented by Dr. Eric Anderson of NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
  • Pushing the Boundaries: Technology-Driven Exploration of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Discovery of Two Historic Shipwrecks presented by John Bright of Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary
  • Swimmer’s Itch: New Advances in Research and Control presented by Rob Karner of Glen Lake Association and Ron Reimink of Freshwater Solutions, LLC
  • Grand Traverse Watersheds: Havens for Imperiled Native Species presented by Jory Jonas of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Harmful Algae: Causes, Impacts, and the Federal Role presented by Josey Ballenger of the Government Accountability Office
  • FishPass: Developing Selective Bi-Directional Fish Passage in the Great Lakes presented by Dan Zielinski of Great Lakes Fishery Commission
  • Lightening talks on local research and restoration projects


The Freshwater Summit is a product of the Freshwater Roundtable and is organized by The Watershed Center, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inland Seas Education Association, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, and the Grand Traverse Conservation District.

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors

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