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Michigan Lake and Stream Associations 54th Annual Conference

May 1 & 2, 2015
Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls

The 54th Annual Conference will be highlighted by workshops, seminars and special sessions dedicated to learning more about the management and preservation of Michigan's magnificent water resources. Visit the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations website at www.mymlsa.org for more information regarding the 2015 annual conference.



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.

DID YOU MISS THIS EVENT?
Download the presentation slides here.

Presentations by Donald D. Carpenter, PhD.


Presentation by Ralph Reznick, P.E.

Introduction by Jennifer Buchanan Gelb

Mentioned Resources




Volunteer Lake and Stream Monitors Needed

No prior experience required! Free training.

Stream Monitoring TRAINING DAYSave

May 9, 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

May 16, 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.

Stream Monitoring IDENTIFICATION DAY

May 31, 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.


Lake Monitoring Training

May 22, 2015
10:00 am - Noon
Many beautiful high-quality lakes are being monitored by volunteers throughout the northern Lower Peninsula as a result of the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. However, there is always a need for more volunteers to monitor additional lakes and to substitute or replace existing volunteers. Volunteering to be a monitor requires attending a half-day training session and then performing 1-4 hours of monitoring duties on a weekly basis from early June to late August (though some volunteers opt to start in May and continue until September or even October).

If you are interested in volunteering time to help monitor lake water quality, please join us for a free training session on Friday, May 22nd at the Inland Waterway Museum in Alanson. During the indoor session we will review the program and go over the methods of data collection. Afterwards, volunteers will have an opportunity to practice monitoring procedures during a pontoon boat ride on Crooked Lake.  At the completion of the training you will receive the necessary equipment and supplies for a complete season of volunteer lake monitoring.

For more information or to register for this training, please contact Kevin Cronk at  (231) 347-1181 or by email at kevin@watershedcouncil.org.


R2 - Rights and Responsibilities

June 16, 2015
5:00pm

Thurston Park, Central Lake 
What are your rights on the water? Do you know your responsibilities for living along the Chain of Lakes? Join the Deputy from the Antrim County Marine Patrol and Gail Gruenwald, environmental attorney and Executive Director of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, to learn your rights and responsibilities on the water. Free admission. Public Welcome. Wine and hors d’ oeuvres following the program. 

Sponsored by Grass River Natural Area, Three Lakes Association, Torch Lake Protection Alliance, Friends of Clam Lake, and Intermediate Lake Association. In partnership with Antrim Conservation District and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. 



Elk River Invasive Species Monitoring Project

June 17, 2015
1:00 - 4:00pm

Antrim Conservation District office, Bellaire 

A 3-hour workshop will be held to teach Elk River Chain of Lakes residents how to identify, document, and report a variety of aquatic invasive species. Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling the Antrim Conservation District office at (231) 533-8363. 

This project is funded by the DEQ Clean Michigan Initiative Clean Water Fund

Waganakising Bay Day

Waganakising BAY DAY 

June 28, 2015
1:00 - 4:00pm
Bayfront Park, Petoskey

Free admission. Public Welcome. Celebrate the Bay! Join us for a family-friendly water festival at Bayfront Park with hands-on activities for kids. Learn from Northern Michigan's environmental experts on wildlife, water quality, stewardship and recreation. Crafts, boat rides, demonstrations and more! Visit http://www.ltbayday.com for more information. 

Sponsored in part by Cranbrook Institute of Science, DTE Energy Foundation, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Little Traverse Conservancy, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, and Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy.


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


“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.


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.
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