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Ottawa County Water Quality Forum
Ottawa County Water Quality Forum

Register Now for the Ottawa County Water Quality Forum

Ottawa County, MI— Twenty-five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline; 475,000 feet of prominent rivers and streams; 3,600 acres of major inland lakes. These are just a few of the unique characteristics of the Lakeshore's Ottawa County—and they are worth protecting. On Friday, November 7, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and citizens are invited to the Ninth Annual Water Quality Forum. The forum brings together area experts to share and discuss ways to safeguard and preserve one of West Michigan’s most valuable resources—its water.  Register now at miOttawa.org.

A distinguished group of researchers from Hope College, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University plus organizations including the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Water Science Center, Grand Haven Visitors Bureau and many more will share results and updates on water quality projects. The complete agenda is below and is also available at miOttawa.orgalong with registration details.

The forum is held at the Ottawa County Administrative Complex at 12220 Fillmore in West Olive from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. The fee to attend is $10 and registration is limited to the first 150 participants. Registrations must be received no later than November 4. Questions about the forum should be directed to the Administrator’s Office at 616-738-4898.

8:00 a.m.

Managing Limited Resources

Jon W. Allan, Director, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

8:35 a.m.

Michigan’s Blue Economy

John Austin, President, Michigan State Board of Education; Director, Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

9:10 a.m.

Water Quality and Community Impact

Marci Cisneros, Executive Director, Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

9:50 a.m.

Lower Grand River Water Quality Index

Mike Lunn, Manager, Environmental Services Department, City of Grand Rapids ­and Aaron Vis, Environmental Services Inspector, City of Wyoming-Clean Water Plant

10:25 a.m.

Results of the USGS Research on Grand River in Ottawa County/Summary of 2005 USGS Study on Pesticides in Michigan Streams

Joseph W. Duris, Microbiologist, Hydrologic Data Collection & Analysis Unit, US Geological Survey Michigan Water Science Center

11:00 a.m.

Drones and Water Quality

John Koches, Associate Research Scientist, Manager for Information Services Center, Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University

12:10 p.m.

Underway - Ottawa County Water Resources Phase-2 Study Update

David Lusch, Ph.D., Distinguished Senior Research Specialist, Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University

12:35 p.m.

Project Clarity:  Restoring the Macatawa Watershed Update

Travis Williams, Executive Director, Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway and Dan Callam, Watershed Technician, Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway

1:00 p.m.

Recap of Microbial Source Tracking Study in the Grand River

Dr. Michael Pikaart, Associate Professor, Hope College, Chemistry Department

1:50 p.m.

CAFOs: Water Quality, Technology and Beyond

Bruce Washburn, Water Resources Division, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

2:25 p.m.

Grand Haven State Park Non-Attainment List

Shannon Briggs, PhD, Toxicologist and Beach Monitoring Coordinator, Water Resources Division, Department of Environmental Quality

2:45 p.m.

The Grand: Ecology of a Large River

Dr. Daniel O’Keefe, Southwest District Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University


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