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Low Impact Development (LID) Workshop
A seminar for Engineers, Architects, Landscape Architects, and other affiliated professionals

Friday, May 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Stafford's Perry Hotel, Petoskey

The Watershed Council is hosting a Low Impact Development (LID) seminar on May 1st from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey and you’re invited. As part of our Little Traverse Bay Watershed: Stormwater Matters project, the seminar will feature presentations from Don D. Carpenter, PhD, PE, LEED® AP, a professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute at Lawrence Technological University, and Ralph Reznick, P.E., Nonpoint Source Unit, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Not only will you learn about the principles of LID and how to incorporate these water quality-friendly techniques into your work, you’ll receive continuing education credits and a free lunch! 

Space is limited. To reserve your spot, please RSVP to the Watershed Council at (231) 347-1181 or contact Jen Buchanan Gelb with any questions at jen@watershedcouncil.org.

Download the presentation slides here.

Presentations by Donald D. Carpenter, PhD.

Presentation by Ralph Reznick, P.E.

Introduction by Jennifer Buchanan Gelb

Mentioned Resources

36th Annual Membership Meeting 

July 14, 2015 
9:30am - 12:00 Noon 
Charlevoix Public Library
220 West Clinton Street, Charlevoix 

This summer marks the Watershed Council’s 36th year protecting Northern Michigan’s water resources. Please join us in a celebration of our accomplishments. Enjoy an informative and inspiring presentation by our newly formed youth education program, the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Academy. Please RSVP by July 6th by calling (231) 347-1181. No charge for this event.

Whale of a Sale

A Huge Rummage Sale for Water Recreation Lovers

Saturday, July 18, 2015
8:00am - 2:00pm
Irish Boat Shop Storage Building,
Behind Fairview Plaza, Harbor Springs 

Whether you’re looking for a boat, kayak, fishing gear, rope, life jackets, or some fun water toys for the cottage, you will find this and a whole lot more at the Whale of a Sale. No early sales. NEW THIS YEAR...Boats and large items will have a "Buy Now" price until the live auction. At noon a live auction for boats and larger watercraft will begin.

Do you have items to donate? Give us a call at (231) 347-1181 for donation forms and drop-off locations. All proceeds benefit Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug
Collection Events

Saturday, July 25, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Emmet County Drop-off Center 
7363 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs

Saturday, September 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Boyne City Road Commission Garage
Just east of the Boyne City Public School football field

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
McLaren Northern Michigan, Petoskey Campus
Hospital Circle Driveway - Entrance off Mitchell Street

They will also be accepting sharps, cell phones, shoes, eyeglasses, and hearing aids for proper disposal/recycling. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015 
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Antrim County Courthouse
205 E. Cayuga Street, Bellaire

Protecting Michigan's Inland Lakes

August 6, 2015 
9:00am - 4:00pm
North Central Michigan College
Library Conference Center
1515 Howard Street, Petoskey, MI

Lake & Wetland Protection Tools for Local Governments Michigan: land of 11,000 lakes with 1,240 townships and 83 counties, who all share a role in keeping our inland lakes clean for future generations. This workshop will help local officials and concerned citizens understand the benefits of inland lakes and wetlands to communities, the regulations that govern them, and the opportunities for enhancing protection at the local level. 

Cost is $20 per person, lunch is provided.  
5 educational credits or Master Citizen Planners
Register by July 27
For more information or to register, visit www.VanBurenCD.org 
Or contact Erin Fuller erin.fuller@mi.nacdnet.net (269) 657-4030 x112

Bear RIver Cleanup

“Healing the Bear” Bear River Cleanup 

August 22, 2015 
9:30am - 1:30pm 
Bear River Shelter, Petoskey 

Join us for this fun event as we remove trash along the river from Walloon Lake Village Park to the Petoskey Waterfront. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to walk, wade, or canoe as they pick up trash and debris from the area surrounding the Bear River. Breakfast, lunch, and t-shirts are free for volunteers! Meet at 9:30am at Petoskey’s Bear River Shelter. Pre-registration is encouraged to help plan for this event. Please call Dan Myers at (231) 347-1181 or email dan@watershedcouncil.org.

Michigan Pipeline Workshop

Michigan Pipeline Workshop

Thursday, August 27, 2015
8:30am - 3:00pm
North Central Michigan College
Petoskey, Michigan

This workshop is part of our Northern Michigan Pipeline Education Project, funded by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to raise awareness and understanding of pipelines and the way the community can work collaboratively to reduce potential risks and impacts of pipeline failures. 

Topics to be covered include: 
  • Pipeline Inspections
  • Commodities
  • Oil Spill Cleanup Technologies
  • The worst case discharge for Line 5 at the Straits of Mackinac based on NOAA’s water current modeling and oil spill trajectories 
Speakers include:
  • Attorney Bill Schuette (invited)
  • Enbridge Energy
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Reservations required.  There is no charge for this event. Please contact Sandy or Jennifer McKay at 231-347-1181 to register.

Volunteer Lake and Stream Monitors Needed

No prior experience required! Free training.

Stream Monitoring TRAINING DAYSave

September 12, 2015
9:00am - 1:00pm
Training consists of presentations about various aspects of the program and general macroinvertebrate biology, equipment and field data sheet review, and a hands-on practicum on the Bear River, so that volunteers can “get their feet wet." Coffee and snacks provided. Break taken for lunch on your own.

Stream Monitoring FIELD DAY

September 19, 2015
9:00am - 3:00pm

Volunteer teams collect a representative sample of the aquatic macroinvertebrate population for later identification and also note general stream conditions. Each team monitors two sites on the same river or stream.


October 4, 2015
Noon - 3:00pm
Volunteer teams gather in room 262 of the Science Building on the North Central Michigan College Campus in Petoskey to sort and identify aquatic macroinvertebrate specimens collected in the field.

For more information about our Volunteer Stream Monitoring program or to register for the free training, please contact Dan Myers at 231-347-1181 or email dan@watershedcouncil.org.

Beach Rangers NEEDED!

Avian Botulism Shoreline Monitoring Workshop

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Join us for a free workshop on monitoring avian botulism outbreaks no our Lake Michigan shoreline. We will explain why it is important to understand the conditions that lead to avian botulism and the corrective actions that can help reduce the spread of the toxin that can potentially claim the lives of thousands of birds each year. Monitoring kits and instructions will be provided.

For more information about our Avian Botulism Shoreline Monitoring Program, please contact Dan Myers at 231-347-1181 or email dan@watershedcouncil.org.
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council • 426 Bay Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
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