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The Great Lakes Calendar features events from around the region that may be of interest to Great Lakes stakeholders, with a focus on professional conferences and events relevant to research, science, policy, and education. If you have an event you would like to publicize, please submit it below!

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February 2018

23rd Annual Wetland Science Conference

February 20 - February 22
Lake Geneva, WI

Wisconsin Wetlands Association's 23rd annual Wetland Science Conference will be held February 20-22, 2018, at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. The two-day conference includes a keynote address, organized symposia, topical oral sessions, a poster session, working groups, a banquet, and field trips to area wetlands.

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International Conference on Water Management Modeling (ICWMM)

February 28 - March 1
Brampton, ON

The ICWMM brings together professionals from around the world to exchange ideas on current practices and emerging technologies in water management. Emphasis is on state-of-the-art computer modeling for resolving water quantity and quality problems in stormwater, wastewater, watershed and water distribution systems.

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March 2018

2018 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day

March 6 - March 8
Madison Hotel, Washington, D.C., 1177 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Save the date: The Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day events will take place March 6-8, 2017, at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Events featured dialogue on Great Lakes priorities by regional leaders and members of Congress who play a critical role in shaping Great Lakes policies. Meeting information will be posted later this fall at

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Managing Fish Habitat in a Changing Climate

March 8
East Lansing, MI

The Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) is holding a Lunch and Learn Conference Event on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, MI from 11am-2:30pm. The topic will be Managing Fish Habitat in a Changing Climate, and will feature two speakers: Kevin Wehrly from the Institute for Fisheries Research, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Peter Jacobson from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Registration includes lunch.

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6th Annual International Marine Debris Conference

March 12 - March 16
San Diego, CA

The Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC) is an opportunity to energize international coordination efforts within the marine debris community. It will build upon the partnerships and successes of the Honolulu Strategy which was developed at the last conference in 2011.

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Webinar – Beneficial Use of Dredged Material: Can Soil Save Peoria Lake?

March 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Manufacturing custom soil blends from dredged sand in private-public partnerships has been demonstrated in St. Paul Minnesota where the MN Department of Transportation requires specified drainage and growth characteristics for roadside topsoil. The technology is transferable to other regions if the feedstock materials, manufacturers, and customers can be identified and matched in a local market. Successful soil markets can extend the life of Corps CDFs, create economic opportunity, and improve watershed hydrology and water quality with improved stormwater management.

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2018 AquaHacking Challenge Launch Event

March 21
Toronto, ON

Got tech & innovative ideas that could protect our water? Sign up now for the 2018 AquaHacking Challenge Launch event! Each year, over several months, the AquaHacking Challenge engages with rising gen hackers, engineers and marketers from various universities to create multi-disciplinary teams and develop clean-tech engineering, web and mobile solutions to water issues affecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin. On March 21, this year's challenges, experts, and more will be revealed.

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Water Loss and Performance Metrics

March 29

“Water Loss,” “Non-Revenue Water,” or “Leaks," no matter what we call it, our water infrastructure systems are not performing to their full potential. As communities face big decisions about investing scarce funds in water infrastructure, improving efficiency is critical. Learn from the experiences of Asheville, North Carolina and the State of Wisconsin about how to successfully identify and reduce water loss to save money and increase system resilience. Join us for the second in a series of webinars looking at equitable and sustainable solutions for community water infrastructure risks in the Great Lakes and beyond.

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April 2018

Webinar: Water Use Efficiency: Irrigation Management

April 11

The need for supplemental irrigation is nearly universal, but how do we ensure we are making the most efficient use of water possible? This webinar will overview recent research evaluating irrigation water use efficiency, and highlight case studies on irrigation management throughout the region.

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Lake Erie Conference

April 13
Perrysburg, OH

The Lake Erie Foundation is hosting "Lake Erie’s challenges and opportunities" at its annual conference April 13th in Perrysburg, Ohio. Open to the public, the event will include a slate of experts. Newly appointed University of Toledo Lake Erie Center Director, Tom Bridgeman will share monitoring information along with Tim Davis, BGSU on developing impaired goals and the lawyer on the impairment issue, Madeline Fleisher, manure management in Michigan with Pam Taylor and others will provide current Lake Erie topics etc. Additionally, Kent Bekker from the Toledo Zoo will discuss the sturgeon reintroduction in the Maumee project.

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