Great Lakes Research, Clean Water Ambassadors, Fishery Workshops

For Friday, June 12, 2020

1 – More than 450 freshwater researchers from the Great Lakes and beyond gathered online this week for the 63rd annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. 

The event marked the first time the International Association for Great Lakes Research held its annual conference online. The organization canceled an in-person event in Winnipeg due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Experimental Lakes Area in Winnipeg help organize the program.

The virtual conference featured three days of live sessions with plenary speakers and conversations on science and policy issues pertaining to the Great Lakes in the United States and Canada. 

You can find out more about the nonprofit association and this year’s event at

2 – The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is seeking members of the public to serve as clean water ambassadors who will advise the agency on drinking water issues.

Credit: Nadiya Ploschenko on Unsplash

As part of an outreach effort, the agency has launched the first phase of an Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate website at

Look for the “Become an Ambassador” link if you’re interested in getting involved. 

The Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate acts as an interface between the state, local and private sector to ensure that Michigan is more responsive to public drinking water concerns.

3 – If you missed Lake Huron fishery workshops earlier this year, recordings are available online. 

Spring fishery workshops by Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension offer research and information related to the status of the Lake Huron fishery.

The workshops include information and updates on topics such as fish populations and angler catch data, as well as fisheries management activities, citizen science opportunities for anglers, and other Lake Huron topics of local interest.

The workshop recordings are available online at

– 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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