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Fracking in Michigan Conference

December 3, 2014
9:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
The Kellogg Center at Michigan State University

The goal of the Fracking in Michigan Conference is to provide credible information to state and local officials, NGO's, and highly interested citizens about fracking and the growing oil and gas industry in Michigan and how communities can address the issue. Attendees can expect to leave with increased knowledge of the fracking in Michigan and tools that will enable them to respond and take action to influence environmental regulations.

TICKETS: Early Bird Pricing of $45.00 until November 19th, 2014. Ticket Prices will go up to $60 on November 20th.

For more information visit https://wmeac.org/frackinginmichigan/

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.

Volunteer Lake and Stream Monitors Needed

No prior experience required! Free training.

Stream Monitoring TRAINING DAYSave

May 16, 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 23, 2015
9:00am - 2:00pm

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.


June 7, 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.

Beach Rangers NEEDED!

Avian Botulism Shoreline Monitoring Workshop

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club - Main Clubhouse

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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