Freshwater Summit

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

The 12th Annual Freshwater Summit is Friday, October 25, 2019, from 9am-3pm at the Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College (715 E. Front Street, Traverse City). This year’s presentations will focus on response and readiness to freshwater threats.





8:30-9:00am – Registration

9:00-9:10am – Welcome
Christine Crissman, Executive Director, The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

9:10-9:40am – Climate Change Update
Peter Sinclair, Videographer, Dark Snow Project

9:40-10:20am – Oil Spill Response Technology and Challenges
Steven Keck, Chief of Emergency Management and Force Readiness, U.S. Coast Guard

Emergency Services Response and Readiness for Spills
Adam Drewery, Lieutenant/Hazmat Leader, Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Authority

10:20-10:40am – BREAK

10:40am-12pm – Lightning Talks

Passage Continuum: Ecological Connections of Road Stream Crossings
Erin Teubner, Field Tech/Intern, Conservation Resource Alliance 

Long Lake Water Quality Monitoring Program
Abbey Hull and Michelle Preston,  NMC Water Quality Monitoring Interns, Long Lake Association

Watershed Level Responses to Environmental Threats
Heather Smith, Grand Traverse Baykeeper®, The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

Accomplishments in the Great Lakes Areas of Concern
Jillian Votava, Great Lakes Educator, Inland Seas Education Association

Monitoring Nearshore Enteric Bacteria Around Torch and Bellaire Lakes Using qPCR Methodology
Matt Baker, Intern, Three Lakes Association

On-farm Conservation Practices and Environmental Risk Reduction
Lauren Silver, Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program Technician, Grand Traverse Conservation District

Great Lakes Levels and Impacts: Perspectives from 1986 to 2019
Mark Breederland, Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant

12:00 – 1:00pm    LUNCH

Inland Lakes and Streams Session

1:00 – 1:30pm – Michigan Swimmer’s Itch Partnership: An Overview of the Program and Current Research
Caroline Keson, Water Resource Specialist, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

1:30 – 2:00pm – Aerial Shoreline Surveys
Dennis Wiand, Photographer and Pilot, Zero Gravity Aerial
Robert Karner, Watershed Biologist, Glen Lake Association

2:00 – 2:30pm – Bioengineering on High Energy Lakes
Jennifer Buchanan, Watershed Protection Director, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

2:30 – 3:00pm – Inland Lake and Stream Monitoring: Benefits and Opportunities for Public Engagement
Jo Latimore, Aquatic Ecologist and Outreach Specialist, Michigan State University

Regional Watersheds and Great Lakes Session

1:00 – 1:30pm – Invasive Species and Changes in the Lake Michigan Food Web
Steve Pothoven, Research Fish Biologist, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory-NOAA

1:30 – 2:00pm – Invasive Mussel Collaborative: Advancing Management and Control of Dreissenid Mussels
Erika Jensen, Program Manager, Great Lakes Commission

2:00 – 2:30pm – Pavement Sealants and PAH Monitoring Throughout Michigan
Christe Alwin, Municipal Stormwater Program Coordinator, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy

2:30 – 3:00pm – A Tale of Cows, Dogs, and Sewage: Source Tracking Adventures
Molly Rippke, Aquatic Biologist Specialist,  Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy



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

The 12th Annual Freshwater Summit if generously sponsored by:

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