Info on High Water Levels, Saginaw Bay Algal Blooms and Conservation

For Friday, March 13, 2020


1 – Bay County is offering up information about high water levels on an Emergency Services website

Officials say the entire Great Lakes system is experiencing the highest water levels since 1986. Storms and waves are causing erosion and flooding of the shoreline along the Saginaw Bay, Saginaw River and Kawkawlin River.

The website is designed to keep people informed and will be updated regularly. 

The site includes links to information and steps people can take to help protect their property. 

Find the Emergency Services site via

A coastal storm on Lake Michigan. Credit: Justin Selden, Michigan Sea Grant

2 – The Great Lakes HABs Collaborative is hosting a webinar highlighting Lakewide Action and Management Plans and lake-by-lake reports on HAB-related issues and research. 

HABs is short for harmful algal blooms, which are spurred by nutrient pollution in areas of the Great Lakes, including Saginaw Bay

The webinar is Thursday, March 26, at 2 p.m. and will feature presentations from Lake Partnership co-chairs.

That includes Dave Karpovich from Saginaw Valley State University. 

The Lake Huron Lakewide Action and Management Plan is a multi-year, ecosystem-based strategy for restoring and maintaining the water quality of Lake Huron and the St. Marys River.

To register for the webinar, go to:


3 – The Nature Conservancy is hosting a Science Talks Lecture Series in Midland. 

The free events will include coffee, cookies and information on conservation. 

On March 19, Patrick Doran will discuss “Two Paths to 2050,” on whether a sustainable world is possible. 

On April 19, Mary Fales will spotlight “Soil Health Heroes in Saginaw Valley,” about how local farmers are working to protect water quality and health. 

Both events are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens in Midland. 

You may register for either lecture online at, or call 800-362-4874. 

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard Friday mornings in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR (now streaming). Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes


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