Thursday, April 2, 2015
Great Lakes Science in Action
An Interdisciplinary and Multi-Institutional Approach
Central Michigan University College of Science and Technology
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Institute for Great Lakes Research
with Special Guest Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senator and Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force
Join us for a discussion of Great Lakes restoration and conservation efforts and their impact on the regional economy. Along with policy panels, scientists will provide updates on collaborative Great Lakes research, including invasive species affecting the annual $7.5 billion fishery, along with Great Lakes fisheries threats, status and trends.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
U.S. senator and co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force. Stabenow made history in 2000 as the first woman from Michigan to be elected to the U.S. Senate, where in 2012, her bipartisan Stop Invasive Species Act was signed into law. She recently authored the bipartisan Defending Our Great Lakes Act that instructs the Army Corps of Engineers to work closely with state, business and environmental groups to address how to stop invasive species while protecting shipping and local commerce, preventing flooding and improving water quality.
The voice of the Great Lakes, she has submitted legislation to Congress to lock in $475 million in annual funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. She also has been advocating on behalf of Michiganders to ensure that the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund is used for its intended purpose of maintaining and improving Michigan ports, harbors and waterways.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. A $95 million Biosciences Building due to be completed in 2016 will provide enhanced infrastructure to support faculty and student research and classes.