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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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October 2018

A Groundwater Emergency – From Michigan to the Nation

October 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

On October 1, Circle of Blue and its partners Bridge Magazine and Detroit Public Television continue the H2O Catalyst series with a discussion of Michigan’s groundwater emergency. National experts and journalists will define and debate responses to groundwater pollution challenges that are disrupting the lives of millions in Michigan and across the country. Registration is free — join experts and journalists in virtual breakout groups to discuss: Pollution threats to groundwater in Michigan and nationally The strengths and weaknesses of…

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2018 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting

October 2 - October 3
The Conrad Hotel – Indianapolis, 50 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
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The 2018 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 2-3, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our meetings offer an opportunity for Great Lakes stakeholders to convene with colleagues and share perspectives on important Great Lakes issues.

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Working Together for Healthy Lakes: 2018 Joint Conference

October 4 - October 5
Grand Rapids, MI

This year, the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) will be meeting jointly with the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership to host the 2018 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention. The Convention will take place October 4-5, with an opening reception on the evening of October 3rd, at the Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids – Airport.

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State of Lake Superior Conference

October 9 - October 12
Houghton, MI

IAGLR and Michigan Technological University are pleased to announce that the 2018 State of Lake Superior (SOLS) Conference will be held October 9-12 in Houghton, Mich. Hosted on the beautiful MTU campus, SOLS will be a multi-day conference and include invited sessions and abstracts, plenary sessions, field trips, and associated meetings.

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Fall Colors and Sunset Hike

October 13
Onekama, MI

Experience two beautiful nature preserves in one evening in Onekama, Michigan! Enjoy a guided hike through the forest at our Portage Point Woods Preserve. Then move next door to one of our oldest nature preserves, Lucia K. Tower Preserve at Portage Point Dunes, to see a stunning dune blowout rising 200 feet above Lake Michigan for a sunset you won’t forget. Free and family friendly.

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Great Lakes Observing System Annual Meeting

October 16 - October 17
Detroit, MI

The Great Lakes Observing System is a network of data providers and consumers. Every year the data sharing community gathers to celebrate successes, share best practices, and to catch up on each other's work.

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POSTPONED: 14th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference

October 17 - October 18
Detroit, MI

IMPORTANT: The HOW Coalition’s annual Great Lakes Conference has been POSTPONED due to a hotel workers strike at the conference venue. Please visit for more information.

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Great Lakes Beach Association and Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Joint Conference

October 24 - October 25
Independence, Ohio

You are invited to the 2018 Great Lakes Beach Association and Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Joint Conference on October 24-25, 2018, at the DoubleTree Hilton in Independence (near Cleveland), Ohio. This joint conference will draw more than 200 resource managers, scientists, coastal planners, local officials, government agencies, students, and interest groups from around the Great Lakes. We expect up to 16 sessions showcasing a variety of Great Lakes beach protection and water safety issues. There will be keynote addresses, plenary sessions, field trips, evening networking, and poster receptions.

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November 2018

2018 Binational Lake St. Clair Conference

November 1 - November 2
Harrison Township, MI

Registration is now open for the 2018 Binational Lake St. Clair Conference, which will take place at MacRay Harbor on Lake St. Clair, Michigan. The conference will highlight environmental management efforts in the "Heart of the Great Lakes," the Lake St. Clair watershed shared by the U.S. and Canada. This year's conference will focus on building partnerships to advance the social, environmental and economic health of Lake St. Clair.

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Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Information Session

November 13
Chicago, IL

EPA’s WIFIA program invites you to join us in Chicago to learn more about our low-cost, long-term loans for water infrastructure projects. The information session will provide prospective borrowers with a greater understanding of the WIFIA program requirements and pave the way for successful applications to the program.

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