If you haven’t already registered for the September 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Conference, there is still time!
The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is hosting our 10th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., September 9-11. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other Great Lakes activists, hear from leading experts on the state of the Great Lakes, and participate in breakout sessions on critical challenges facing the lakes. Register today!
Don’t miss our first plenary on the changing demographics of the Great Lakes states, and what these changes mean for advocacy work. The plenary will be lead by Michelle Kleppe of 270 Strategies and Ryan Steusloff of WPA Opinion Research, both have vast experience pushing campaigns at the local, state and national level.
The closing plenary will feature a follow-up study to the Great Lakes mapping project, which showed areas in the lakes facing the most threats. The last session of the conference will look at the areas in the Great Lakes that have the most potential to be restored and revitalized.
Attend the conference and hear the latest on cutting edge Great Lakes issues, including:
- An examination of the problem and solutions to harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie—the kind that most recently left more than 400,000 people in Toledo without safe tap water for three days,.
- What’s being done to protect the Great Lakes from an oil spill under the Straits of Mackinac and what crude oil shipping from an expanded dock in Minnesota could mean for the Great Lakes.
- A look at how local groups in Grand Rapids are making the case to bring the rapids back to Grand Rapids—an inspiring discussion of how the community is embracing its namesake river to improve the economy, environment and way of life for people.
- How organizations can participate in restoration programs: we’ll have experts on hand to answer questions about the Farm Bill’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program grants; we’ll discuss the lessons learned from community climate resiliency planning; and we’ll learn about how to create coalitions with already formed groups like colleges, religious organizations, and community associations.
We’re also hosting a tribute lunch in honor of Peter Wege—businessman, philanthropist and Great Lakes champion, whose leadership, passion and commitment have made a huge difference for the Lakes and the people who rely on them.
And, our always popular field trips are back! This year, we’re offering up a slate of activities that include kayaking the Grand River, restoration tours of White Lake and local wetland, a farm-to-table experience with locally produced snacks, and learning outdoor skills like fishing and archery.
This is just a fraction of what’s happening at our 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Conference.
We’re looking forward to a great conference and seeing you in Grand Rapids!