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Great Lakes Science in Action Symposium

​​​​​​Insuring the Sustainability of the Great Lakes: 
Policy Issues Related to the Changing Great Lakes
Great Lakes Science in Action
An Interdisciplinary and Multi-Institutional Approach
  • October 14th, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. 
  • Auditorium
  • Biosciences Building at Central Michigan University

With Special Guest, U.S. Senator Gary Peters

Join us as we explore policy issues related to our ever changing Great Lakes.  Legislative and scientific panelists from the CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, State Legislators, and Non-Governmental Organizations will discuss the issues that policy makers need to know regarding research, monitoring, sustainability and restoration efforts of our Great Lakes.​


U.S. Senator Gary Peters 
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​​Agenda​ - tentative
​​8:3​​0am​​​​Registration and Ligh​t Refreshments
​9:00am​Panel 1: Insuring the Sustainability of the Great Lakes: State and Federal Perspective
  • Dr. Donald Uzarski, Moderator
    • Director, CMU Biological Station
    • Director, CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research
  • State Representative Charles Brunner
  • Jim Dexter, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Emily Finnell, Office of the Great Lakes
  • Kevin O'Donnell, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Matthew Goddard, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
​10:30amU.S. Senator Gary Peters
​11:15amPanel 2: Insuring the Sustainability of the Great Lakes: Stakeholder Perspective
  • Dr. Ian R. Davison, Moderator
    • Dean, CMU College of Science and Engineering
  • Frank Cloutier, Chief, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
  • James Clift, Michigan Environmental Council
  • Richard Bowman, The Nature Conservancy
  • Dr. Marcello Graziano, CMU Department of Geography
  • Jeff Alexander, Journalist and Great Lakes Author
​12:30pm​Lunch
​1pmPanel 3: Let's Talk About Water...see below
  • Linda Lillenfeld, Moderator
  • Dr. Dar​ia Kluver, CMU Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Dr. Andrew Mahon, CMU Department of Biology
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Let's Talk About Water

A viewing of the documentary film: Waterlife: The Story of the Last Great Supply of Fresh Drinking Water on Earth followed by a discussion and panel
  • Dr. Andrew Mahon, Central Michigan University
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​Central Michigan University is a recognized leader in studying the Great Lakes, with more than 20 faculty in the Institute for Great Lakes Research supported by state-of-the-art facilities in Mount Pleasant and at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.