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Lakeshore Currents - Action Plan
Dear Friends of LNRP:
Throughout 2013 we began exploring our efforts to further cultivate a water ethic in our lakeshore region of Wisconsin. LNRP formalized our plans at our annual retreat in January. We collectively strategized on how to best extend our reach and create opportunities to fulfill our goals as part of our 3-year action plan.
We will continue to invest in our four primary networks:
- Lakeshore Environmental Resource Network (LERN)
- Lake Michigan Stakeholders (LMS)
- Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area (LISMA)
- Niagara Escarpment Resource Network (NERN)
Our ultimate goal is to cultivate a water ethic – through education, research, and outreach – and by doing so enhance the quality and prosperity of our region. We will establish and maintain this ethic through the following four principles:
- Through allocating water, we are effectively allocating life.
- By altering the dynamics of water in the landscape, we are affecting the functioning of the entire biosphere.
- Water, in its own right, is a component of the landscape.
- We need to consider not only the quantity but also the quality of the water in the system.
Our most recent and significant effort will help establish the Lakeshore Water Institute. This Institute will be located at UW-Manitowoc and will serve the lakeshore region both as a tool for educating and engaging youth, and as a tool for developing science-based decisions at the local government level. The Institute will focus research on waterway stewardship (preservation, remediation, water quality) and on the cultural, economic, political and social role of waterways in our region of Wisconsin. Undergraduate students, with guidance and mentoring from University of Wisconsin faculty and staff, will conduct much of the research. UW faculty, staff and partners from LNRP will also conduct research and outreach under the auspices of the emerging LWI.
Maintaining and enhancing our region’s waterways will strengthen multiple sectors of our economy (agriculture, tourism, water-dependent manufacturing), while providing information for decision-makers at the local, county, state and federal levels. Reclamation, preservation, and strengthening of shorelines, waterways, and wetlands will ensure proper water flow, preservation of unique habitats, and moderation or prevention of extreme events such as floods and droughts. Join us as we cultivate a water ethic that protects, restores and enhances the waters of our beloved Lakeshore!
Yours in service to our waters,
Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership
Rolf Johnson Steers Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Rolf Johnson, known as “Wisconsin Johnson” from his curatorial days as a paleontologist at the Milwaukee Public Museum which began in 1978, became the new CEO of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in early November. With a home located on his family’s wildlife sanctuary overlooking Lake Michigan in Cleveland (WI), and a long history of conservation activism including successful efforts to preserve Manitowoc County’s Fischer Creek and Point Creek as wild, public access coastal preserves, he recently shared his passionate vision to strengthen the mission-based tie between the maritime museum and LNRP.
“I recognize that the Wisconsin Maritime Museum’s mission is broader than (to preserve and interpret) our iconic WWII submarine and share stories of Great Lakes ship building, commercial fishing and related maritime industries and activities…(what) we usually (consider) our shared, maritime heritage. It also includes creating opportunities for our visitors to explore the essential freshwater resources that define and sustain us: our lakes, rivers and wetlands. I’m excited to build on the museum’s focus in this regard, and the efforts of museum educator Wendy Lutzke related to freshwater environmental education and the stewardship of Lake Michigan, its rivers and watersheds.” Lutzke is co-founder of the LNRP-supported group the Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed.
Rolf believes the museum must continue focusing on the lake and our freshwater resources as well as its more “traditional” activities, largely due to the increasing importance and relevance of this natural resource to communities that call the Great Lakes basin home.
Growing up on Milwaukee’s east side, Rolf is an Emmy Award-winning TV and radio producer as well as a natural scientist with a 35 year career in the museum field. Prior to his current position in Manitowoc, he was executive director of Green Bay’s Neville Public Museum. Since launching his career at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Rolf’s museum-based career includes curator (with over 75 publications to his credit), media producer, environmental educator, exhibit designer, and museum administrator. He was briefly development director for the Glacial Lakes Conservancy.
“One of my long-term aspirations is to expand the museum’s partnerships and leverage the impact we can collectively have working with groups like LNRP (through our existing) traditional tools…exhibits, programs, workshops and, last but not least, special events and activities at the museum.”
“One of the cool things about working in a museum right now is recognizing…our role as community anchors, as a venue for the public to discover and discuss issues important to us as a society. This also reflects LNRP’s mission of being part of a deeper community dialogue that has a bearing on issues of the day.”
“Our mission focuses on maritime issues and activities as well as history, including the cultural aspects that define us as ‘people of the lake,’ exploring the inspiration from looking at the shoreline and gazing out over the horizon, seeing the shorebirds, hearing the sound of gulls or crashing of the surf…(all) of part of the maritime story we need to tell.”
“I’ve had my eye on running this museum for more than 20 years because of my passion for the Great Lakes, as well as loving this region, its communities and our shared maritime heritage.”
“I’m particularly excited about the possible designation, through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, of a National Marine Sanctuary here on the western, mid-lake region of Lake Michigan.” This designation would recognize regional underwater archaeological sites and area port cities and institutions including the maritime museum, as introduced at a community presentation in mid-November.
“I hope this will be my swan song.” he says, “I have at least 10 years left in my career to make a contribution, and I’m in a fortunate position to bring together so many things I care about personally into my professional work. With this new job here in Manitowoc, my wife Elda Brizuela and I can finally plan to live and ultimately retire in our cabin overlooking Lake Michigan.“
Sustainable Living Fair
LNRP will again co-sponsor the 5th Sustainability Fair, now being renamed the ‘Sustainable Living Fair.’ Mark your calendars to join us April 25 and 26, 2014 at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay on Friday night and at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday. This year, along with LNRP, partners include Sustain Door, the Door County Environmental Council, the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin, the Door County Climate Change Coalition, and the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society.
The Friday evening kick-off will focus on water-related themes that critically look at the current health of our waters and the challenges and opportunities to enhance our wetlands, rivers and lakes. Speakers will include Tracy Hames, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association; Denny Caneff, Executive Director of the Wisconsin River Alliance; and Mike Strigel, Executive Director of Gathering Waters Conservancy.
On Saturday, the theme will focus on life skills and tentatively include demonstrations on local food growing and preservation, grid-tied photovoltaic systems, straw bale construction, ‘safe’ lawns, and water conservation with rain gardens and rain barrels. Vendors and exhibitors will be available throughout the park and we plan to repeat a trolley tour to sites practicing the principles of sustainability in and surrounding Sturgeon Bay.
This year’s overall theme is “Stewardship Today for a Better Tomorrow.” Please join us for this great opportunity to see old and new friends, and celebrate Earth Day and sustainability.
Friends’ Group Adopts Manitowoc’s Schuette Park
Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed have moved forward on their plans to adopt a park in the City of Manitowoc. As of January, 2014, the group adopted Lower Schuette Park, which lies adjacent to the Manitowoc River, in collaboration with Bethany Lutheran School.
The Adopt-a-Park program was created to give citizens an opportunity to volunteer in the city’s parks. Their time spent doing upkeep, cleaning, maintenance, beautification and preservation of parks helps to provide a safer, more beautiful park experience for the entire community. Benefits include greater civic engagement, improved environmental conditions and safer, more beautiful parks.
The group envisions adding a boat ramp for kayaks and canoes, adding a grill to the shelter area, identifying and removing invasive species, and overall upkeep including picking up trash and planting additional native species. The group is responsible for a monthly walk through and two clean-up events per year.
Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation
The Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP) and the Lake Michigan Stakeholders (LMS) are proud to sponsor the new annual Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation Awards. This environmental award program recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements of any group, program, organization, business or engaged individual in a wide range of environmental initiatives throughout Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan basin. The award will pay tribute to those who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership and accomplishment in their respective fields.
By sponsoring these awards, LNRP and LMS hope to encourage our communities to emulate the achievements of the successful nominees to promote and encourage innovative environmental efforts to restore Lake Michigan, and enhance the quality of life throughout Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan basin.
Nominations are due by May 1, 2014, and can be made by the person or people involved in the activity or by a third party. Nomination forms and instructions are available on the LNRP website www.lnrp.org, or by just clicking here for the instructions and nomination form. Note that former nominees that were not finalists in previous years may be nominated again.
LISMA: Regional Invasive Species Team Grows!
The Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area (LISMA), a non-profit environmental advocacy group focusing on invasive species management in Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Calumet, and Fond du Lac counties, held a successful rendezvous with potential partners on November 12 of last year.
Nearly 60 people gathered at the Triple J Wing & Clay conference room to learn about LISMA’s mission and purpose and explore collaboration with other local, regional and state groups concerned with the spread of aquatic and land-based invasive plant and animal species throughout our region.
Current funding from the Wisconsin Private Forest Grant Program, with an additional grant, supports LISMA’s development and strategic planning. Last fall, Jennifer Powell was hired as a part-time LISMA coordinator, a position shared with Woodland Dunes Nature Center in Two Rivers, where she is housed. A team of eight dedicated individuals have been the catalyst in getting LISMA off the ground. These individuals represent varying backgrounds and geographic locations within the LISMA boundaries. They are Diane Schauer, Jim Kettler, Jenn Hansmann, Sherrill Anderson, Jim Knickelbine, Tom Ward, Andrew Karleigh and Connie Ramthun.
LISMA’s next step is to hold a strategic planning meeting on February 19 to develop the five-year strategic plan that will guide our activities. If anyone is interested in participating in the strategic planning process, please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-793-4007.
LNRP Welcomes Two New Board Members!
Dan Hass and Amy Fettes joined the LNRP Board of Directors with two-year terms beginning in 2014.
Dan Hass retired from the practice of law in 2012 after 40 years of service as an Air Force officer and senior counsel within the US Department of Defense.He has degrees in Business Administration (Michigan State University), Public Administration (University of Utah), and Law (Drake University) and is a Kennedy School of Government senior fellow.
Dan spent his childhood in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin where he developed his appreciation for the important role that family farms play in American society, along with a critical need for responsible land and water stewardship for the community and future generations. He is an avid outdoorsman who resides with his wife Susan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. He shares LNRP’s philosophy of improving our water quality through a partnership with all those who have a stake in this essential natural resource.
Amy Fettes and her family moved to Manitowoc in December of 2012 when her husband, Titus Seilheimer, started with Wisconsin Sea Grant at UW-Manitowoc. Raised in Racine (WI), Amy graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton with a Biology major and earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay. Fieldwork for her thesis involved sampling zebra mussels in the lower Green Bay and also focused on the history of the Fox River Watershed and its impact on Green Bay water quality. While at UW, she served as the Student Board Member for the International Association of Great Lakes Research and helped to plan the Annual Conference held in Green Bay in 2001.
In 2003, Amy moved to Hamilton, Ontario while Titus earned his Ph.D. She spent three years working at Environment Canada where she sorted and identified benthic macroinvertebrates sampled from Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Amy can frequently be found enjoying the Lake Michigan beaches with her two young sons and has become an active member of the Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed. Amy and her family are excited to be back in Wisconsin and are amazed at their good luck to live on the shores of a Great Lake.
News from The Ledge: Niagara Escarpment Resource Network
Exciting plans and initiatives are underway for this year with NERN, our program partner. Steering Committee members met in November and are intent on exploring K-12 curriculum development, completing the Niagara Escarpment Greenway Plan document, as well as further pursuits for more formal collaboration with international colleagues to set the stage for a UNESCO GeoPark designation.
We’ll celebrate NERN’s 15th year through all of our 2014 events and activities. We’ll update the website and expand our ‘Waters of the Ledge’ tours for this summer and fall. We also hope to feature Dan Larson’s film he’s creating on Wisconsin’s Niagara escarpment and once again, we’ll celebrate the Wisconsin Ledge American Viticultural Area.
On January 23rd, LNRP and NERN met with five other non-profit groups during a dinner/networking event at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. This collaborative meeting was held to identify commonalities amongst mission statements and to identify potential areas (or projects) that could benefit from more than one group being involved.
Representatives from NERN, Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, LNRP, Winnebago Lakes Council, Fox Cities Greenways, Inc., Fox Wolf Watershed Alliance, and Friends of the Fox shared information about their groups and enjoyed the exploration. A lot of common interests lie within the Fox and Wolf River Basins and the Lakeshore Basin in promoting a water ethic and celebrating our region’s deep-rooted history and heritage.
Sense of Place: Kettle Moraine Northern Unit
By Sherrill Anderson
Mid-September last year on a chilly morning for that time of year, a mini busload-full gathered for a 2013 Ledge Tour to explore the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest located southeast of Dundee (Campbellsport) in Fond du Lac County.
The entire State Forest represents one of the most studied glacial landscapes and offers 132 miles of trails throughout, covering 30,000 acres stretching across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Washington counties. Additionally, the Kettle Moraine area rises to 300 or more feet above the surrounding landscape to the east and west, but is not a continuous divide. No one knows the maximum thickness of the till left by the glaciers as few wells reach bedrock and the till may reach thicknesses of 500 feet in some places.
The State Forest is underlain by the dolostones of the Niagara Cuesta, ranging from 450 to 800 feet thick, dipping gently eastward toward Lake Michigan. The cuesta’s western edge or escarpment extends from Washington Island to the Illinois line near Walworth in southern Wisconsin. Situated 20 miles to the west this area is completely covered by the moraines left by the last glaciation; and therefore, very few outcrops of rock are visible due to the vast cover of glacial till.
To begin our Saturday morning journey, DNR Naturalist Jackie Scharfenberg met us at the Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Center to offer an overview of its history and significance. The Kettle Moraine area consists of varied topography--parallel, steep-sided ridges, conical hills (kames) and flat outwash plains, composed mainly of sand and gravel. The Forest is managed for multiple uses which sometimes conflict for conserving and protecting its soil and water, and invasive plant species abound. Volunteer support comes from an active group, the Friends of the Kettle Moraine.
Dr. Bill Mode, geologist at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, was our expert guide who led us to three main sites of historical and scenic interest in order to illuminate the wonders of this vast area’s unique glacial landscape.
Our first destination was the ever-popular Parnell Tower. A steep hike up from the parking area leads you to a 60-foot wooden observation tower which allows for an impressive 25-mile, bird’s-eye view of the entire landscape. Once we caught our breath at the top, Dr. Mode pointed out the main glacial features and encouraged us to consider their significance in relationship to the evolution of the Niagara Escarpment and our entire region, tying it to the bay of Green Bay.
We then rode just down the hill to view Garrity Hill, one of the area ‘kames’ southeast of Parnell where you can view close up the variety of gravelly materials that comprise these globally unique conical mounds. From there, we traveled to Butler Lake Trail to the south to walk along the Parnell esker – a winding ridge of till deposited in an ancient tunnel underneath the ice. We made a quick stop at Jersey Flats to view a prairie restoration project before returning to the Ice Age Center where a majority of participants took in an impromptu outdoor lunch – with plenty of conversation - at the infamous Hamburger Haus in nearby Dundee.
To give you a geological sense of the origin of the entire Kettle Moraine, the DNR website explains: “Some 20,000 years ago, two lobes of a great ice sheet met along a line extending northeast from Richmond in Walworth County through the Oconomowoc Lake country to Kewaunee County. One lobe moved down what is now the Green Bay-Lake Winnebago area” in northeast Wisconsin.
“Spreading under tremendous pressure, the two lobes met (hence the term ‘interlobate moraine’) and in the encounter, large blocks of ice were broken off and buried in the glacial deposit or till. As the ice melted, ‘kettles’ were formed, some only a few yards across, others 100 to 200 feet deep.”
“The ice moved under great pressure, changing shape rather than sliding across the face of the land. As it changed shape, large amounts of rock, gravel, sand and silt were picked up and carried along by the glacier. When the ice melted, this material was deposited, in some instances, across glacier-formed valleys,” forming some of the area’s kettles. “Many of the conical hills are conspicuous. Holy Hill (farther south) reaches an elevation of 1,361 feet above sea level and some 340 feet above the stream valley to the east.”
“Similar detached sand and gravel conical hills, called ‘kames’, characterize the moraine…Some…are cones formed beneath the glacier by surface streams which fell through holes in the ice. The undulating level-topped, narrow ridges called ‘eskers’ were probably deposits in open cracks (crevasses) in the ice. In some areas the outwash terraces are pitted due to the melting of buried ice masses.”
With the increase in Wisconsin's population, particularly in the southeastern 16 counties, the need for a large acreage devoted to public outdoor recreation and forestry became evident as early as 1920. In its 1937 session, the Wisconsin Legislature authorized the development of this forest and recreational area. The area draws thousands of visitors each year from large urban areas of Milwaukee and Madison, and surrounding counties including Calumet, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Dodge.
Since returning to Wisconsin 21 years ago, the Northern Kettle Moraine quickly became a favorite destination for a heart-enhancing hike for my husband Rock and me. Yet, we’ve always wondered about its story, hidden beneath the surface of what we experienced. This half-day Ledge Tour helped me delve deeper into its mystery, lure and beauty, and walk away with an enriched appreciation for this magnificent landscape we call home.
Mark Your Calendars for Our Chautauqua – Barn Dance!
Partnering for Progress will host the 6th Annual Chautauqua – Barn Dance on September 13, 2014, once again at the Saxon Homestead Farm in Cleveland (WI). Partnering for Progress is a collaboration of three nonprofit organizations: Gathering Waters Conservancy, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership and the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers; and our event host, the Saxon Homestead Farm.
In 2009, we held our first old-fashioned barn dance on an historic, working dairy farm to celebrate Wisconsin's farmers, working lands and rural heritage. Since then, the barn dance has become an annual favorite and has grown to include a traditional under-the-tent Chautauqua as a venue to advance the dialogue of issues we all care about.
Collectively, we recognize the need to conserve the state's natural resources for everyone's benefit. We're building partnerships and raising funds to improve the quality of life in Wisconsin. Most importantly, we understand that none of this would be possible without you -- the people who continue to support our work and care deeply about the future of Wisconsin. This year, our theme will be a Water Ethic Through Leopold’s Eyes. You can purchase your tickets for the event through our PayPal link or by sending a check to LNRP. LNRP will begin distributing the tickets in August.
News from LNRP
Friend Groups Updates
Lineup Set for the 10th Annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference
Lake Michigan Stakeholders to Hosting Spring and Summer Events - Spring Membership Meeting
Brico Fund Supports LNRP with 2014 Grant
Friend Groups Updates
LNRP works with several watershed-based groups and collaborators with shared vision and financing. Our main objective is to promote LNRP’s mission, ‘Cultivating Environmental Stewardship in the Lakeshore Region,’ by strengthening and supporting our local and regional partners. We want to inspire a Water Ethic throughout the lakeshore region’s citizens and community leaders by extending Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic. Within the ‘We All Live on the Water’ framework, we want to expand understanding and awareness of critical water resource issues through all our media and community outreach. We are leveraging the campaign to establish the Lakeshore Water Institute in collaboration with UW-Manitowoc. We will express consistent messaging in print articles, social media, letters to the editor and op-ed pieces as well as host and collaborate on educational and experiential ‘Water’-themed events with our community and program partners to instill and build a sense of place throughout our region.
Friends of the Branch River Watershed
Friends of the Branch River hosted their end-of-the-year banquet on December 19 at Gills Bar & Grill in Whitelaw. Participants enjoyed a social hour and members’ choice photo judging, followed by dinner, programs and awards. Sponsors and donors of the event included Thrivent Financial-West Shore Team, Dave Pozorski, Harvey & Eileen Mleziva, A&W Drive-In Restaurant – Manitowoc, and Seven Lakes Golf & Dining. The event with winners of the photo contest was aired on CUB radio. First place winners of the photo contest were Gillian Evanoff, Eileen Mleziva, Rosemary Schulz of the adult group; Alek Setzer and Isabella Scheibl of the teen group; and Eliza Suchan and Olivia Scheibl representing the youth group:
The organization recently lost one of its founders and long-term supporters, Vickie Mayer of Manitowoc who died in late December. Vickie was a feisty and dedicated defender of the environment who touched many lives in her journey. She donated her 2011 Champions of Conservation award to initiate the FOBR Youth Program, named in her honor, and will be missed by all those who knew and worked with Vickie. Vickie was passionate about environmental issues and served as a board member of the Friends of Branch River (FOBR), the Manitowoc County Lakes Association (MCLA), and the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP) for ten years through the Manitowoc County Soil and Water Department. She was recognized for her work with awards from both the MCLA and LNRP.
Friends of Hika Bay
For the next step in the Centerville Creek restoration, the friend’s group plans to move forward with memorial benches, a viewing deck with memorial stones, and a bridge to connect Hika Bay and the Hika Sands Park property. The park itself was expanded from 2.2 to 13.9 acres, more than six times its original size.
The group will also continue the work on the Hika Shores portion of Hika Park continuing to landscape and create a ridge-swale ecological community.
Together with UW-Manitowoc, the Lakeshore Water Institute was launched in the beginning of November by Dean Charles Clark. The Institute will provide educational tools to the community for water quality testing and data and also enhance the partnerships of all of the friends’ groups affiliated with LNRP. The group also plans to focus on Phragmites control along the lakeshore in collaboration with Tom Ward, the AIS Coordinator, and the Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area (LISMA).
Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed
After a busy year of river and beach clean-ups, the friends’ group also lent some hands in assisting the City of Manitowoc planting dune grass to enhance and stabilize Red Arrow Park on two weekends this fall. Many members came out to volunteer and help plant over 50,000 dune grass plugs. The group continues to grow their membership and inspire others. The Friends’ group has been approved to be the caretakers of Lower Schuette Park in the “Adopt a Park” program. This park fits in perfectly with their mission statement and provides a huge opportunity to make a difference along the Manitowoc River. The group will be hosting a series of seminars this year at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum funded partially by a DNR River Planning Grant. The first, We All Live on the Water: Manitowoc River is scheduled for February 1 beginning at 1:00 p.m. and will feature both a historical and contemporary look at the Manitowoc River and the impact it has had on the community. The second scheduled for March 19 beginning at 6:00 p.m. will focus on the overall Manitowoc River Watershed. The third scheduled for June 4 beginning at 6:00 p.m. will focus on invasive species and be a lead in to the training planned with Project RED – Riverine Early Detection.
Little Manitowoc River Partnership
The Little Manitowoc River Partnership has completed a full habitat assessment of the area. They also received a 3-year Rapid Response Grant from the DNR to detect and control the invasive species of Phragmites. Their efforts in 2014 will focus on continuing to restore the area, find funding, and combat invasive species.
Friends of the Twin Rivers
In mid-November, Mishicot High School came out to Woodland Dunes Nature Center to clear brush, clean trails and treat invasive species. Thanks to everyone at Woodland Dunes Nature Center and all of the volunteers for their assistance in beautifying this great resource!
Lineup Set for the 10th Annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference Set
The day following the Lake Michigan Stakeholders’ meeting, the Southeast Wisconsin Watershed Trust known as Sweet Water will host this spring’s 10th Annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference. It will be held on Thursday, May 1st at the Harley-Davidson Museum at 400 W. Canal Street in Milwaukee’s revitalized Menomonee Valley. The conference will again include both day and evening events, with programming running from 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
The day program will include three plenary sessions and more than 25 regional and local water quality experts offering multiple workshops in four tracks. Conference plenary speakers include U.S. Water Alliance Executive Director Ben Grumbles discussing urban pollution reduction innovations, a look at rural nonpoint pollution solutions from former NRCS Chief David White, a State of the Lakes address by Dean David Garman and Dr. Sandra McLellan from the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, and an expert panel outlining climate change impacts on regional infrastructure.
Workshop topics will include regional water project updates, new ag sector pollution research, water quality trading updates (including the new phosphorus proposal), economic impact assessments of cleaner waters, and the latest briefings in successful use of permeable pavement and other green infrastructure.
This year’s event offers a public event in the evening: an engaging look at both the history and the current realities of the Lake Michigan fishing industry, featuring a WDNR fisheries expert and presentation from fishing family representatives from Jones Island to Two Rivers. Finally, this year’s conference artist is photographer and author Eddee Daniel (whose work is featured on this year’s conference materials).
The registration fee is $75 in advance; $90 after April 1st. Lake Michigan Stakeholder members as of 12/2013 who cite their LMS membership when they register can get a $20 discount off those prices. This includes all presentations, conference materials, luncheon, and parking. All full-day participants will also receive a free Harley-Davidson Museum© pass. (For those attending just the evening event, the cost is $5). Register on-line at www.swwtwater.org. For more information, please call 414-382-1766.
Lake Michigan Stakeholders to Hosting Spring and Summer Events
Spring Membership Meeting
The LMS Spring membership meeting is planned for Wednesday, April 30th in Milwaukee, at the Urban Ecology Center Menomonee Valley location. The theme is ‘Youth & the Environment: Engaging the next generation in conservation.’ This LMS meeting will specifically focus on natural resource education programs. We will hear from representatives of innovative organizations like the Urban Ecology Center, Student Conservation Association, and the Denis Sullivan schooner.
I’m especially excited about hearing from Ben Thwaits of Northwest Passage. Ben helps troubled youth by letting them explore nature-based photography in beautiful places. From the Apostle Islands to Yellowstone National Park, young people work through mental health issues and behavior problems by being immersed in a natural space far from their common worries. Ben’s talk will provide inspiration to the type of work we all do – protecting a vital natural resource, Lake Michigan.
The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. The afternoon includes field trips to youth work sites and the Sullivan schooner. Because the event is in Milwaukee, you will also learn about some recent restoration projects in the area and water quality issues facing southeastern Wisconsin. Non-educators alike will be re-energized from hearing young peoples’ stories, while also getting a clearer sense of the on-the-ground conservation work happening in Milwaukee.
Lake Michigan Day
Lake Michigan Day will be an annual event in July designed to showcase and discuss the challenges facing the Great Lakes and Lake Michigan in particular. The event will provide opportunities for decision-makers to engage with stakeholders on a variety of issues as well as an opportunity to visit restoration projects in the lakeshore basin.
This year’s inaugural event will be on Wednesday, July 23, at UW-Manitowoc and feature a panel of experts including Todd Ambs from the Healing Our Waters Coalition. Additional partners include LNRP, Gathering Waters Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and the Wisconsin DNR Office of the Great Lakes. Watch for further announcements about this exciting event!
Brico Fund Supports LNRP with 2014 Grant
LNRP has once again received considerable support from the Brico Fund for our 2014 operations. The Brico Fund “focuses on strengthening leaders and organizations to increase the coordination and integration of advocacy, policy, and communications efforts that create broad systemic change.” One of their priorities is to improve the water quality and quantity of Lake Michigan and surrounding waterways. This financial support will help guide and strengthen our efforts to cultivate a water ethic through the Lake Michigan Stakeholders, our water resource partners, and the newly emerging Lakeshore Water Institute.
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