Building Capacity and Partnerships to Restore Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern Under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Building Capacity and Partnerships to Restore Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern Under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
East Lansing, Michigan

A workshop sponsored by the Statewide Public Advisory Council for Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern Program

Overview

In his FY2010 budget, President Obama proposed $475 million for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, with a substantial portion dedicated to cleaning up the Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The purpose of the workshop was to identify restoration priorities in Michigan’s 14 Areas of Concern and develop partnerships and other arrangements to prepare proposals and seek funding for key restoration projects. At the workshop, staff from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality reviewed restoration needs in Michigan’s Areas of Concern. Representatives from U.S. EPA and other federal agencies discussed funding opportunities under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Local leaders from Michigan’s Areas of Concern were also present to discuss restoration needs, network with project partners and consider next steps for preparing funding proposals. The workshop convened participants working to clean up Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern, as well as partners who could help develop and implement proposals for cleanup projects. Representatives from public agencies, environmental and conservation organizations, foundations, colleges and universities, consulting firms and other groups were in attendance. Presentations from the meeting and associated materials are provided below.

Agenda and Materials

All materials below are provided in PDF format.

Presentations

All presentations below are provided in PDF format.

Welcoming Remarks and Workshop PurposeJeff Spoelstra, Chair, Statewide Public Advisory Council for Michigan’s Areas of Concern Program

Overview of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative : John Perrecone, U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office

Overview of the MI-Great Lakes Plan and Integration with the Great Lakes Restoration InitiativeEmily Finnell, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality-Office of the Great Lakes

Introduction and Overview of Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern ProgramRoger Eberhardt, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality-Office of the Great Lakes

Overview of Restoration Priorities in Michigan’s Areas of Concern: Michigan AOC Program Staff

U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyKaren Rodriguez, U.S. EPA-Great Lakes National Program Office

U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceAmy DeWeerd, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersMarty Kuhn, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District

Sponsors

The workshop was sponsored by the Statewide Public Advisory Council for Michigan’s Areas of Concern, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality, and the Great Lakes Commission.

Contact

For more information on the workshop, or to request the agenda and registration materials, contact Matt Doss, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, mdoss@glc.org.

For background on the Statewide Public Advisory Council and Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern program, visit the Council website.

Date: Aug 04, 2009

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Michigan State University Union
Abbott Rd and E Grand River Ave
East Lansing, Michigan 48824

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