Great Lakes Science in Action Symposium

​Friday, April 4, 2014

Great Lakes Science in Action
An Interdisciplinary and Multi-Institutional Approach

Central Michigan University College of Science and Technology
Institute for Great Lakes Research
Co-Sponsored by Grand Valley State University's Annis Water Resources Institute

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
French Auditorium
in the Education and Human Services Building

with Special Guest Cameron Davis,
Senior Adviser to the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
With oversight of the $1.6 billion Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Join us as we discuss innovative Great Lakes research, restoration and conservation efforts and their impact on the regional economy. You also will receive a preview of what's planned for 2015-2020. Along with legislative and administrative panels, scientists will provide updates on cutting-edge, collaborative Great Lakes research, including eDNA, invasive species and coastal wetland restoration. These efforts are helping to ensure the sustainability and management of the world's largest supply of surface freshwater and a $7.5 billion commercial and sports fishery.

The April 4, 2014 sessions will look at the role of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University.

Keynote Speaker

Cameron Davis is lead counsel to the EPA on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. He coordinates Great Lakes policy and funding initiatives with more than a dozen federal agencies and with state, municipal, tribal, business and civic stakeholders. He also was lead negotiator for the 2012 U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Central Michigan University is a leader in Great Lakes research, overseeing a $10 million EPA grant to conduct Great Lakes wetlands preservation research. CMU allocates funds through this grant to nine other universities and three governmental agencies. By using cutting-edge research vessels and facilities at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island, scientists from the CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research and the CMU Center for Geographic Information Science lead efforts to identify invasive species, preserve wetlands and manage water quality.

Grand Valley State University's Annis Water Resources Institute has spent the last 25 years integrating research, education and outreach to protect and preserve the Great Lakes. Located in Muskegon, the institute embraces a collaborative approach in tackling critical water resource issues and finding science-based solutions.