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GLIN==> Final Notice for July 21 Workshop on Fish and Wildlife Restoration in Michigan's Areas of Concern

Title: Workshop Announcement: Restoring Fish and Wildlife in Michigan's Areas of Concern - July 21, Monroe, MI
~ Workshop Announcement ~

Restoring Fish and Wildlife in Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern:
Establishing a Pathway for Action

Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Holiday Inn Express - Monroe
Monroe, Michigan

Agenda and registration form available online at http://www.glc.org/spac/workshop04.html

The workshop will advance efforts to restore fish and wildlife in Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern designated under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The workshop will review specific programs and methodologies for establishing measurable restoration targets for fish and wildlife habitat, populations, and benthic communities. This will include innovative new indices of biological integrity developed to assess the health of coastal wetlands, rivers and streams, and riparian habitat. The workshop will also review critical components in the restoration process for fish and wildlife, followed by case studies from Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern.  

University of Michigan Professor David Allan will speak at lunch on stream restoration efforts in the Midwest and how they compare to efforts nationally.  Prof. Allan is an aquatic ecologist and author of the widely used textbook Stream Ecology.

An optional field trip to remediation sites on the River Raisin and picnic at Sterling State Park on Lake Erie will take place following the workshop.

The registration deadline is today, Friday, July 16.  


Draft Assessment of Fish and Wildlife Beneficial Use Impairments in
Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern


As background for the workshop, U.S. EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) has released a draft report that establishes a restoration pathway for delisting habitat-related beneficial use impairments and assesses progress being made along that pathway in Michigan’s Areas of Concern.  For each of Michigan’s 14 Areas of Concern the report identifies restoration steps that have been undertaken; the natural resource values and unique features in the Area of Concern; whether the three beneficial use impairments under review are considered impaired and the causes of their impairment; and the actions needed to address the impairments.  Findings from the report will be presented at the July 21 workshop Restoring Fish and Wildlife in Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern: Establishing a Pathway for Action.   

The workshop is sponsored by the Statewide Public Advisory Council for Michigan’s Areas of Concern Program, River Raisin Public Advisory Council, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Great Lakes Commission.

For more information, contact Matt Doss, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, mdoss@glc.org.