2015 Great Lakes Restoration Conference

The conference provides a 3-day forum for participants to learn about important Great Lakes Restoration issues, network at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes supporters and activists, and develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals. In 2015, the Coalition’s Great Lakes restoration conference is again being held in collaboration with U.S. and Canadian federal environmental agencies, the International Joint Commission, the Great Lakes Commission, and many major funders in the region. The conference will be held this year in Chicago, Illinois, at the iconic Drake Hotel, September 29-October 1, 2015. For more information and to register, see: http://conference.healthylakes.org/


2015 Annual Meeting and Conference Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

The 2015 edition of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Meeting and Conference will take place June 17-19, 2015 and will be hosted by the City of Sarnia and the County of Lambton, Ontario. Bridging Innovation and Change has been chosen as the overarching theme for the event, highlighting the binational nature of the Sarnia-Lambton County area and the need to ensure that innovation leads to positive change in a variety of aspects related to Great Lakes and St. Lawrence management. The preliminary themes for the conference are nutrient management and drinking water protection; the interface between the Great Lakes or the St. Lawrence River and their tributaries in a municipal context; and adaptation and resiliency to climate change. The conference is a unique opportunity for mayors; federal, provincial and state officials; leaders of environmental groups and businesses; and other stakeholders to gather to foster efforts to protect and restore the vitality of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. For more information and to register, see: http://www.sarnialambton2015.ca/


IAGLR’s 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research

Fellow researchers from around the world will gather in Burlington, Vermont, May 25-29, 2015. Four days of scientific sessions and speakers focusing on our theme New Views New Tools. Registration for IAGLR 2015 is now open. Register online by April 10 and save. Online registration closes May 8. For more information and to register, see: http://www.iaglr.org/iaglr2015/


Call for Presentations and Field Trips at the 11th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference

Individuals to lead dynamic, engaging and fun field trips and presentations at the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition’s 11th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Chicago, Illinois, September 29-October 30, 2015. The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is issuing a request for field trips and presentations for the conference. Deadline for submissions: May 8, 2015. For more information, see : http://healthylakes.org/conference-updates/2015-conference-rfp/


The Coalition’s annual 3-day Great Lakes Restoration Conference attracts more than 400 people from across the region to discuss cutting edge Great Lakes issues. The Coalition is looking for engaging and compelling proposals for both field trips and presentations at this year’s conference.

  1. Field Trips: Exploring Great Lakes Restoration in Chicagoland: The Coalition is seeking fun, educational, inspiring and creative proposals for field trips in the greater Chicago area to highlight restoration success stories, environmental challenges, and cultural landmarks.
  2. Presentations on Great Lakes Restoration Issue Areas: The Coalition is seeking innovative, creative, engaging and compelling proposals for presentations in a variety of categories. Expanded issue area descriptions are included in the full Request for Proposals (via the link above).


Interagency Ecological Restoration Quality Committee Webinar Series

About the Series: The Interagency Ecological Restoration Quality Committee hosts monthly Webinars in an effort to bring restoration practitioners from across the country together to present and discuss the innovations aimed at improving the quality of ecosystem restoration data. Presentations are approximately 30 minutes in length, followed by an open discussion.

About the Committee: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) established this Committee (including federal agencies, contractors, and ecological restoration practitioners) in June 2012 to share and develop quality practices that facilitate collection of reliable data for ecosystem restoration projects funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This Webinar series supports this collaborative effort; please join us! Contact Lou Blume (USEPA Quality Manager) at Blume.Louis@epa.gov for more details.

To join: Click on the WebEx Webinar Link; Phone 800-782-1258, access code 1025910

Schedule – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET
February 26
Topic: Adaptive Strategies for Ecosystem Restoration: Dallas Floodway Extension, Texas and Times Beach, New York
Presenter: Dr. Gary Owen Dick, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

March 26
Topic: Using Adaptive Management to Create Sustainable Great Lakes Fish Communities via Habitat Restoration
Presenter: Mary E. Bohling, Michigan Sea Grant

April 30
Topic: Restoration Efforts in the Tenmile Creek/Ottawa River Watershed, NW Ohio
Presenter: Dr. Patrick L. Lawrence, University of Toledo


Application of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Principles to Ecological Restoration Training

The purpose of this training course is to provide ecological restoration professionals with information and tools to help them improve the quality of their data collected for projects during planning, implementation, and assessment activities. The course consists of four sessions addressing the following topics:

  1. Establishing quality objectives
  2. Achieving quality objectives
  3. Assessing data quality
  4. Incorporating quality principles into adaptive management

Each session will begin with an explanation of quality principles and how they apply to ecological restoration data collection activities. Examples and tools will be provided from various restoration projects conducted in and around the Great Lakes and other regions. Participants will then work in groups to address case studies where they can apply the principles learned and a class discussion will follow. A unique aspect of this this workshop will be an emphasis on QA/QC for the collection of observational data common to ecological restoration projects. This workshop has been developed by the Interagency Ecological Restoration Quality Committee composed of restoration professionals with quality assurance expertise from federal agencies as well as contractors and ecological restoration practitioners. Development and preparation of workshop materials is provided through the support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The training will be held Friday, March 6, 2015, 8:45AM – 5PM at the University of Wisconsin–Superior in Superior, WI. Cost is $10. Registration: Participants must register in advance. Registration deadline is February 27. (The training is not being offered via Webinar, only via on-site attendance.) https://apps-1.uwsuper.edu/ei/getdemo.ei?id=7&s=_26G0RQFJV . Contact: For information on the training, contact Tracey Ledder, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve System Monitoring Coordinator, tracey.ledder@ces.uwex.edu.

2015 Annual Area of Concern Meeting

The United States Environmental Protection Agency will be hosting the 2015 Area of Concern Annual meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, March 11-12 at the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. The meeting is intended for State AOC Program managers and staff, Advisory Council chairs, Private Sector interests, Academics and other AOC Leaders. Please visit http://1.usa.gov/15tNZK3 to view the agenda and register for this year’s conference. Note that the conference fee is $50.

Aquatic Organism Passage Design Workshop: The Stream Simulation Design Approach for Providing Aquatic Organism Passage at Road-Stream Crossings

Upcoming training and professional development opportunity in aquatic ecosystem conservation and restoration, May 11-15, 2015 in Cadillac, Michigan. The instructors are among the national experts on stream simulation design at road-stream crossings. Target audience includes civil engineers, geotechnical engineers, hydrologists, geomorphologists, geologists, ecologists, and biologists. There is no tuition or registration fee, but attendees must cover their own travel and per diem expenses. Click to see a Workshop Description and an Agenda. Pre-register for the workshop by clicking here.

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