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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 2017

Green Infrastructure Champions Workshop

October 11 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Detroit, MI

SEMCOG, in partnership with the Great Lakes Commission, is hosting a SEMCOG University on Green Infrastructure planning and engineering practices. The Great Lakes Commission Green Infrastructure Champions Pilot Program is intended to catalyze the adoption of green infrastructure practices and policies across the Great Lakes region by bringing together green infrastructure leaders and helping them share their knowledge.

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Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail Conference

October 12 - October 13
Leland, MI MI + Google Map

Discover how our valuable Great Lakes fisheries (past, present and future) can benefit local museum programs, enhance coastal tourism development opportunities, and support community development efforts. This educational program is open to everyone interested in promoting maritime heritage tourism and Great Lakes stewardship. Contact: Brandon Schroeder Phone: (989) 354-9885 E-mail:

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Invasive Mussel Collaborative Webinar: Approaches to Watercraft Inspection & Decontamination Programs

October 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please join us for a webinar hosted by the Invasive Mussel Collaborative to discuss approaches to watercraft inspections and decontamination for zebra and quagga mussels (Dreissena polymorpha and D. rostriformis bugensis, respectively). This webinar will continue an examination of watercraft inspection and decontamination programs, focusing on voluntary programs within the Great Lakes region. Click here to learn more and register Contact: Ceci Weibert Phone: 910-691-1793 E-mail:

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Huron River Roundup

October 14
Ann Arbor, MI

Join a small team of your friends, family, and other interesting volunteers in collecting samples of bugs and other creatures! These insects help us determine how healthy the river system is and what areas we need to focus our restoration efforts more. Volunteers will go out with trained leaders to two different stream sites. Contact: Jason Frenzel Phone: 734-769-5123 E-mail:

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13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference

October 17 - October 19

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition’s 13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference will take place in Buffalo, New York, October 17-19, 2017.  Visit to register. Contact: Celia Haven Phone: 734-887-7123 E-mail:

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2017 ASBPA National Coastal Conference

October 24 - October 27
Fort Lauderdale, FL

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association's National Coastal Conference provides an opportunity for coastal stakeholders to learn, networs, and promote best practices to improve the health of coastal and estuarine shorelines and ecosystems. The theme of the 2017 conference, "Beaches, Bays, and Beyond," continues to broaden the focus across the entire coastal and estuarine system. Contact: Derek Brockbank Phone: 202.827.4246 E-mail:

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Great Lakes Dredging Team Webinar: Sediment Choreography

October 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This informational webinar will explore new approaches to upstream management practices using a river’s natural energy to reduce sediment load – and thus the amount of downstream dredging required – in Great Lakes commercial ports and recreational harbors. Using the Port of Cleveland’s experience, and other case studies, the discussion will also include strategies to recognize and maximize the value of collected bedload sediment as a commodity, rather than having to manage it as a solid waste. Visit the event…

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Michigan Aquatic Restoration Conference

October 25 - October 27
Boyne Falls, MI

The Michigan Aquatic Restoration Conference (MARC) is an annual gathering of professionals to advance the science of water resource restoration. The conference provides an opportunity to engage practitioners and the stream restoration community in discussions about restoration practice and applied research in an open and collegial atmosphere. Participants include restoration practitioners, government agencies, universities and academic research institutions, businesses, and resource management organizations. Contact: Ric Lawson Phone: (734) 769-5123 ext. 609 E-mail: rlawson@HRWC.ORG

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Huron River Insect ID Day

October 29
Ann Arbor, MI

Join a group of volunteers and help find out what kinds of bugs are in the Huron River! At ID day we separate bugs into groups that look-alike and then an expert will help you identify them. Once bugs are identified you can record the data and compare the results to previous years. Contact: Jason Frenzel Phone: 734-769-5123 E-mail:

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November 2017

Lake Michigan Fisheries Workshop

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hammond, IN

Calling all anglers, charter captains, and lake enthusiasts! Learn about research on salmon stocking, migration, reproduction, and feeding, as well as the reintroduction of native ciscos, and the economic impact and value of recreational fishing in southern Lake Michigan. This workshop is hosted by Purdue University and the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.

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