Christine Crissman
The Watershed Center
231.935.1514 x1



TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – October 15, 2019 – The Freshwater Roundtable is proud to announce the 12th Annual Freshwater Summit. The Summit will be held on Friday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College.

“Michigan’s past, present, and future are deeply connected to its clean, healthy water,” said Christine Crissman, executive director of The Watershed Center. “We are looking forward to tapping into state and local expertise to discuss our region’s response and readiness for existing and emerging threats to our freshwater.”

Presentations include impacts of climate change, spill and emergency services response, bioengineering for high energy lakes, invasive species impacts and control, threats of pavement sealants, and E.coli tracking throughout the state.

“In Michigan, and especially in this region, our lives are defined by water; commercially and recreationally.” said Dennis McCauley, president of the Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inc., one of the sponsors of the Freshwater Summit. “We feel it’s valuable to bring together professionals and interested residents alike to talk about water quality and water use issues that are impacting our economy, our shorelines, and our lives.”

A full agenda and registration information is available online at Cost is $35/person or $15/student and includes lunch.

The Freshwater Summit is a product of the Freshwater Roundtable and is organized by The Watershed Center, NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inc., Inland Seas Education Association, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, Grand Traverse Conservation District, Conservation Resource Alliance, and Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council. The 12th Annual Freshwater Summit is sponsored by the Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inc. and American Waste.

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The Watershed Center is a non-profit organization that advocates for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and acts to protect and preserve its 1,000-square mile watershed, which covers portions of Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim, and Kalkaska counties. Learn more at


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