freshwater summit

The Freshwater Summit is an annual conference aimed at discussing the latest research, projects, and initiatives that impact the Great Lakes and Grand Traverse Bay regions. The Summit engages environmental professionals, citizens, and businesses in topics of interest that help further understanding of and appreciation for our invaluable freshwater resources.

16th annual freshwater summit

Friday, October 27, 2023 │9am-3pm
Hagerty Center


8:30-9:00am: Registration

9:00-9:10am: Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:10-9:40am: Walking the Line: Managing Alewife Mortality in Lake Michigan
Ben Turschak, Research Biologist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division

9:40-10:10am: Update on Invasive Carp Prevention Efforts
Tammy Newcomb, Assistant Director, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

10:10-10:30am: BREAK

10:30-11am: Lake Charlevoix Septic Monitoring
Anna Watson, Water Resource Specialist, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

11:00-11:30am: Non-Chemical Control of Eurasian Water Milfoil on Lake Leelanau: A Progress Report
Ron Reimink, Biologist, Lake Leelanau Lake Association
Annalise Povolo, Director of Administration & Programs & Dive Team Leader, Lake Leelanau Lake Association

12:00-1:00pm: LUNCH
Underwater video and autonomous technology displays

1:00-1:30pm: Salinity in the Great Lakes
Kevin Goodwin, Aquatic Biology Specialist, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy
Caroline Keson, Monitoring Coordinator, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy

1:30-2:00pm: Ongoing FishPass Research
Great Lakes Fishery Commission

2:00-2:10pm: BREAK

2:10-3:00pm: LIGHTNING TALKS
Forest to MiFaucet
DJ Shook, Biologist/Senior Project Manager, Conservation Resource Alliance

Community Science Chloride Monitoring in the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed
Heather Smith, Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER®, The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

Great Lakes Environmental Center

National Parks Conservation Association

Great Lakes Water Studies Institute

3:00pm: Evaluation & Adjourn

The 16th Annual Freshwater Summit is generously sponsored by:
The Freshwater Summit is a product of the Freshwater Roundtable organized by The Watershed Center, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inland Seas Education Association, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, and Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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what makes our region
special - clean water.

Photo credit: Tom Haxby