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GLIN==> Making Lake Michigan Great Boat Tour

Making Lake Michigan Great 2001 Tour to Happen This Summer

The W.G. JACKSON vessel of the Grand Valley State University Robert B. Annis

Water Resources Institute (GVSU-AWRI) will be making its way around Lake

Michigan on the Making Lake Michigan Great tour in summer of 2001. The

purpose of the tour is to spread the word about the U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency’s Lakewide Management Plan for Lake Michigan that was

recently released. Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.

EPA), the tour will provide hands-on experience in water issues for the

public aboard the W.G. JACKSON. There will be cruises for students and the

public, open houses, and community activities. This is the 4th summer for

the tour.

Making Lake Michigan Great is a project of GVSU-AWRI and the U.S. EPA Lake

Michigan Forum. The Lake Michigan Forum was organized to provide input from

broad interests around Lake Michigan into the development of the U.S. EPA

Lakewide Management Plan. It is a diverse stakeholder group of academia,

government, business, industry, and others. Dr. Janet Vail, GVSU?AWRI

Senior Program Manager, serves as co-chair along with Dr. Ronald Baba of the

University of Wisconsin. The Forum’s home page can be accessed at


The official start of the tour was on June 21st at the GVSU-AWRI dedication

ceremony for its Lake Michigan Center in Muskegon, Michigan. The JACKSON

will head south to the Port of Indiana (July 31-August 2) and to Chicago

(August 2-4). The northern tour will include Sturgeon Bay (August 17-18),

Menominee (August 19-20), and Escanaba (August 21-22). The culmination of

the tour will be at the Lake Michigan: State of the Lake 2001 Conference

that will be held on November 6-7 in Muskegon, Michigan.

A major theme of the tour is habitat. During the tour, highlights from the

Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan and the Lake Michigan Mass Balance

Study will be unveiled. The mass balance data provide a wealth of

information on how contaminants enter, remain, or leave the Lake Michigan

Basin. This information could have a major effect on policy making in the

region with respect to water quality.

Increased awareness and understanding of Lake Michigan issues leading to

positive actions are the paramount goals of the project. Making Lake

Michigan Great will help involve more citizens in the protection and

management of our national treasure, Lake Michigan. For more information,

call Dr. Janet Vail of GVSU-AWRI at (616) 895-3048 or E-mail: