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GLIN==> IL-IN-Sea Grant News: Seminar Series Returns With "Waters of the Calumet Area"


May 22, 2008


Source: Leslie Dorworth (219)989-2726; dorworth@calumet.purdue.edu


Seminar Series Returns With “Waters of the Calumet Area”


Indiana University Northwest historian Kenneth J. Schoon will speak on the effects of water diversions as a part of Purdue University’s seminar series Go with the Flow--Get to Know Our Indiana Coastal Resources on Wednesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Purdue University Calumet.


In his seminar entitled “Waters of the Calumet Area,” Schoon will be providing a historical perspective on the Grand Calumet and the Little Calumet River, outlining the pros and cons for constructing water diversions on the surrounding landscape. Schoon will cover the significant changes people have been making to the rivers dating back to the 18th Century and the effects they are having on the area today.


Due to its previous success, the Go with the Flow seminar series is returning after its inception last fall. Schoon’s seminar is the first of the five-part series intended to raise awareness of land use practices on Lake Michigan’s coastal resources in Indiana.


“All of the seminars intend to show how we as a community may impact the Lake Michigan watershed, including land use, and even our daily activities that may influence global climate change,” said Leslie Dorworth, aquatic ecology specialist for the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program.


Other seminars in the series are:

  • July 9, “Green Infrastructure: Enhancing Communities and the Natural Environment
  • August 13, “Managing Nature Preserves in a Fragmented Landscape
  • Sept. 10, “Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products: The Impact on Our Water Systems”
  • Oct. 8, “The 21st-Century Battle Between Precipitation and Evaporation in the Great Lakes Water Cycle

The series is being funded through a grant Purdue Calumet received from the Lake Michigan Coastal Program. Other sponsors are Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The seminar series will take place at the Calumet Conference Center. For directions, go to www.calumet.purdue.edu/thecenter. For any additional information, contact Leslie Dorworth, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant aquatic ecology specialist, at 219-989-2726 or dorworth@calumet.purdue.edu.




The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program is one of 30 National Sea Grant College Programs. Created by Congress in 1966, Sea Grant combines university, government, business and industry expertise to address coastal and Great Lakes needs. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the University of Illinois and Purdue University.



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