Shoreline and Shallows Conference returns to ANR Week in 2015

Conference to highlight speakers from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and private design firms.

The view from a two-year old natural shoreline restoration located on Gull Lake in Kalamazoo County. Photo credit: Jane Herbert, MSU Extension

The view from a two-year old natural shoreline restoration located on Gull Lake in Kalamazoo County. Photo credit: Jane Herbert, MSU Extension

The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) is pleased to announce the return of its Shoreline and Shallows Conference this year. This popular one-day conference will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 during ANR Week at MSU’s Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

Natural shorelines are an important topic across the Midwest glacial lake states. Loss of native shoreline vegetation to intense development continues to threaten lake ecosystems, water quality and tourism. Poor lakeshore habitat has been identified as one of the top three physical stressors to Michigan’s inland lakes. Physical impacts to lakeshore and shallow water habitats can have a profound effect on lake biological health and lake water quality. 

This year’s conference will feature multiple speakers including Amy Picotte with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Chris Freiburger with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Amy will recount Vermont’s science and policy journey that recently led to new era of lakeshore protection in that state. She will focus on the near shore research findings which finally convinced the Legislature that unregulated shoreline development was putting Vermont’s lakes in conflict with state Water Quality Standards. Chris will be speaking on the challenges and differences between stream bank and lakeshore restoration – focusing on uptstream and downstream considerations when designing stream bank stabilization projects.

Additional speakers include Shannon Gibb-Randall, R.L.A. with Insight Design Studio and Brian Majka, Senior Professional with GEI Consultants. The day will wrap up with an interactive problem-solving session led by Jane Herbert (Michigan State University Extension) and Alison Gaye Blind (Prism Science & Technology, LLC).

Links to a full agenda flyer and to online registration for this one-day conference may be found by visiting the MNSP Shoreline and Shallows Conference webpage. Early bird registration is $35 and includes lunch. Regular registration (after February 25) is $45, including lunch. Walk-ins are accepted but lunch is not guaranteed.

MNSP Certified Natural Shoreline Professionals (CNSPs) should note that, due to a recent restructuring of the CNSP recertification process, continuing education units (CEUs) will not be awarded for attending this conference. (Please direct any questions about CEUs and recertification to Robert Schutzki, MSU Department of Horticulture, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 517-420-4041. 

The conference is sponsored by the MNSP. Co-sponsors include the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Water Resources Division; Institute of Water Research at Michigan State University; MSU Extension Greening Michigan Institute; Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc.,  MDNR Fisheries Division and the Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society.

For additional information about the 2015 Shoreline and Shallows Conference, please contact Lois Wolfson, MSU Institute of Water Research at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 517-353-9222. 

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