Freshwater Summit

October 20 & 22, 2021

Wednesday, October 20丨9-11am EST

Wild Rice Restoration
Roger LaBine, Water Resource Technician, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, co-chair of the Native Wild Rice Coalition

Lakebed 2030
Hans VanSumeren, Director, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Northwestern Michigan College

Traverse City Wastewater Infrastructure Update and COVID Testing Results
Joshua Lycka, Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator, Jacobs/Traverse City Wastewater Treatment Plant
Art Krueger, Director of Municipal Utilities, City of Traverse City

Using qPCR to Engage Communities in Water Quality Monitoring
Patrick Hanington, Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Friday, October 22丨9-11am EST

Benthic Changes in Lake Michigan
Ashley Elgin, Benthic Ecologist, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Enhancing Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions
Rachael Franks Taylor, Senior Coastal Management Specialist, Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

LIGHTNING TALKS

Boardman River Bottomland Restoration
Steve Largent, Boardman River Program Coordinator, Grand Traverse Conservation District

Lower Boardman River Unified Plan
Christine Crissman, Executive Director, The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

An Assessment of Torch Lake Snails Grazing on Benthic Diatoms
Anna Anger, Mancelona High School student intern, Three Lakes Association

Early Life History and Growth of Round Goby in Grand Traverse Bay
Dennis McCauley, President/Senior Environmental Specialist, Great Lakes Environmental Center

Maximizing the Value of Schoolship Data: Designing a Long-Term Monitoring Program for the 21st Century
Brianna Ellis, Master’s of Science Candidate, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
Cecelia Batterbee, Master’s of Science Candidate, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
Xiao Qin, Master’s of Science Candidate, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
Connor Roessler, Master’s of Science Candidate, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Inland Seas Internship: Finding My Path
Teresa Noah, Northwestern Michigan College student intern, Inland Seas Education Association

Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes 2018-2021
Mark Breederland, Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant


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, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, and Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council.


Previous Freshwater Summit presentations can be found here:
13th Annual Freshwater Summit – October 2-23, 2020
12th Annual Freshwater Summit – October 25, 2019

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