Traverse City Events: October 16, 2012 is your last chance to pre-register for the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay 5th Annual Freshwater Summit! This year's event will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

The theme of the 5th Annual Freshwater Summit is Our Changing Great Lakes. Highlights include:

  • Dave Ulrich, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative–Change the Great Lakes for the Better
  • Ralph Bednarz, Michigan DEQ–Lakes Assessment Survey
  • Guy Meadows, Ph.D., Great Lakes Research Center–Secrets Beneath Lake Huron
  • Dr. Dave Hyndman, MSU–Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Climate Change
  • Matt Herbert, The Nature Conservancy and Randy Claramunt, MDNR–Restoring Critical Fish Spawning Reefs

You’ll also learn about Boardman River dam removals, inland lake fish shelters, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, clean boating and more!

Preregistering is strongly encouraged, as the Summit usually sells out and walk-ins cannot be guaranteed. The cost is $30 and includes lunch. Click here to register.

If you cannot register online and want to pay by credit card, call Denise Baker at 231.935.1514 ext. 4.  If you prefer to pay by check, mail a check payable to the Watershed Center, postmarked by Oct. 15, to 13272 S. West Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City, 49684.

If your lake association is a member of the Network of Lake Associations, you can send two representatives free, but you must register all names by October 16 with Denise Baker at

If your organization or business would like to have a booth, please contact Denise Baker at by October 16.  Non-profit booths are $50, and business booths are $200.  You must pay an additional $30 for lunch for each person staffing your booth.

The Freshwater Summit is generously sponsored by AMEC, Cambria Suites and Great Lakes Environmental Center, and is co-hosted by the Watershed Center, NMC Water Studies Institute, Michigan Sea Grant, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation Resource Alliance, Grand Traverse Conservation District, Inland Seas Education Association, Network of Lake Associations, Rotary Water Committee and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.

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