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Great Lakes symposium

Preserving the lakes' greatness

U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar to give research symposium keynote address

Contact: Heather Smith

Experts from throughout the country will explore policy issues related to the sustainability of the ever-changing Great Lakes at Central Michigan University's fourth annual Great Lakes Science in Action Symposium Friday, Oct. 20.

The Institute for Great Lakes Research will host the symposium featuring a keynote address from U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar and a presentation by guest speaker State Sen. Darwin Booher.  

The symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of CMU's Biosciences Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Panel discussions will focus on Great Lakes research, monitoring, sustainability and restoration. 

Along with CMU Great Lakes experts, panelists include congressional staff and representatives from the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University, and the Environment and Energy Section at the Embassy of Canada.

Moolenaar is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, which allocates funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Moolenaar long has supported the GLRI and its work with CMU and private organizations to protect the Great Lakes. He also has worked on efforts to defend the Great Lakes from the threat of Asian carp, and he is a co-founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Chemistry Caucus. He is the hometown congressman for CMU.

Booher chairs the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and serves as a member of the Agriculture and Education committees. He also serves as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he chairs the Capital Outlay and Community Colleges subcommittees. He also is vice chair of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus comprised of eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.  

CMU is a recognized leader in studying the Great Lakes. The Institute for Great Lakes Research — with 26 faculty members — is supported by state-of-the-art facilities in Mount Pleasant and at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. Central oversees two $10 million EPA grants to conduct Great Lakes wetlands research and allocates funds through this grant to nine other universities and three governmental agencies.

If you are with the media and plan to attend, please contact University Communications at or 989-774-3197.

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