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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set-Up
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Exhibitor Set-Up

7:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Registration
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks and Welcome to Sandusky
Cedar Point Convention Center
Dennis Murray, President of the Sandusky City Commission

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Keynote Address
Cedar Point Convention Center
Frank Ettawageshik, Executive Director, United Tribes of Michigan

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Best Practices: An Urban View on Navigating Urban Centers
Cedar Point Convention Center
#Equity
This plenary will focus on the respectful and raw truth as heard from an urban view. Panelists will provide answers to specific challenges and questions around diversity goals, environmental justice efforts, race, contemporary norms, and how to cultivate expanded conversations in a light, sometimes humorous, and informative way.

  • Moderator: Simone Lightfoot, Director of Urban Initiatives, National Wildlife Federation
  • Carla Walker, CEO & Founder, think BIG strategies, LLC
  • Mike Harris, The Flint Development Group
  • Ernest Coverson, Regional Director, Amnesty International
  • E. Michelle Mickens, CEO, Live 4 Change, LLC
  • Todd Adams, Chief of Sustainability and Innovation, Visibility Marketing, Inc.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Recognition of Northern Ohio Frontline Community Organizations
Cedar Point Convention Center
Environmental injustices often and disproportionally affect frontline communities and urban centers. The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is pleased to recognize individuals working in frontline communities in the Northern Ohio region who are at the forefront of finding innovative ways to tackle challenging issues like harmful air and water pollution. They have been nominated by members of the Coalition’s governance board working in the Northern Ohio region.

  • Pamela Carter, Councilwoman, Third Ward, City of Lorain, Ohio
  • Kim Foreman, Executive Director, Environmental Health Watch
  • Vel Scott, Founder, Vel Scott’s Healthy You
  • Alicia Smith, Community Organizer, Junction Community Businesses District
  • Shanelle L. Smith, Deputy Director, Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch (no speaker)
Cedar Point Convention Center

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Break
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
1. Microcystin Toxins: Drinking and Recreational Water Impacts
Cedar Point Convention Center
#ToxicAlgae
The Great Lakes provide drinking water for 40 million people.  The city of Toledo warned nearly 500,000 people not to drink the water because of microcystin levels above World Health Organization standards.  Is there algae in your water intake or swimming area? Is there testing? What are others doing?

  • Sandy Bihn, Executive Director, Lake Erie Waterkeeper
  • Andrew McClure, Administrator, City of Toledo Collins Park Water Treatment Plant
  • Earl Campbell, Professor Emeritus, Medical College of Ohio-University of Toledo College of Medicine

2. Cleveland: From Vacancy to Vitality
Erie Islands, Breakers East Conference Center
#Greenspace
Ohio cities were devastated by the foreclosure crisis. By helping to address urban blight, a problem for industrial cities throughout the Great Lakes states, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy is helping to revitalize Cleveland by supporting economic development and greenspace efforts. Every community is different. Hear about possible solutions.

  • Jacqueline Gillon, Community Engagement Specialist, Thriving Communities Institute of Western Reserve Land Conservancy
  • Jay Westbrook, Special Projects Manager, Thriving Communities Institute of Western Reserve Land Conservancy
  • Kirby Broadnax, Beam Fellow, Placemaking and Equity, Thriving Communities Institute of Western Reserve Land Conservancy

3. Panel Discussion: Better Restoration Through Tribal Involvement
Bay Winds, Breakers East Conference Center
#TribalPartners
For nearly two decades, Conservation Resource Alliance has been very fortunate to work closely with tribes on restoration projects in Michigan.  Along with tribal partners, we will host a panel session to share our experiences and explore opportunities for participants to work with tribes in the Great Lakes region.

  • Amy Beyer, Director, Conservation Resource Alliance
  • Kira Davis, Program Coordinator, Conservation Resource Alliance
  • Frank Ettawageshik, Executive Director, United Tribes of Michigan
  • Roger Labine, Water Resource Technician, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
  • Kyle Powys Whyte, Timnick Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, Michigan State University

4. Farmers Stepping Up for Lake Erie
Nor’easter, Breakers East Conference Center
#Farmers
See how farmers near Lake Erie face challenges and develop solutions to manage nutrient runoff. A farmer panel will share how they use conservation programs to reach stewardship goals. Ohio and Michigan Farm Bureau staff will also discuss how grassroots efforts help farmers step up for a cleaner Lake Erie.

  • Laura Campbell, Manager, Agriculture Ecology Department, Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Larry Antosch, Senior Director, Policy Development and Environmental Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

5. St. Clair River Habitat Restoration Sites
Joe Cool Restaurant
#StClairRiver
From 2010 to 2015, multiple federal, state, local and nonprofit organizations undertook nine habitat restoration projects in 12 locations along the St. Clair River from downtown Port Huron, Mich., to the St. Clair delta. Restoration goals were habitat enhancement and connectedness with projects ranging from shoreline restoration to in-river spawning reefs to tributary restoration.

  • Melanie Foose, Areas of Concern Coordinator, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
  • Rose Ellison, Project Manager, Great Lakes National Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Field Trips (full descriptions can be found here)

Field trips #1 and #2 will leave from the Marina at Cedar Point. All other field trips will leave from the front entrance of The Hotel Breakers. If you are attending the Strolling Dinner Reception at the Boardwalk following the field trips, please proceed directly to the Cedar Point Marina upon your return for the 5:45 p.m. ferry departure.

1. Cruise n’ Fish Lake Erie
2. Ohio Sea Grant and The Ohio University’s Stone Laboratory Tour and Science Cruise SOLD OUT
3. Explore & Taste Healthy Soil & Water
4. Old Woman Creek Estuary Paddle Tour SOLD OUT
5.Reducing Impacts of Development in Sandusky
6. Winous Point Marsh Conservancy

5:45 p.m. Jet Express Boat Ride to Put-In-Bay
Cedar Point Marina
The Cedar Point Marina is located a ¼ mile walk from the Hotel Breakers. If you require assistance in transportation to the marina, please check in with the registration desk. If you are attending a field trips, please proceed directly to the Cedar Point Marina upon your return for the 5:45 p.m. ferry departure.

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Strolling Dinner Reception at the Boardwalk Restaurant
Put-In-Bay, South Bass Island
The HOW Coalition has partnered with Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory to provide 30-minute tours to Stone Labs and Gibraltar Island for reception participants. Water taxis will run to and from the dock at the Boardwalk Restaurant to take participants across the bay for short tours of the largest freshwater laboratory in the Great Lakes.  Water taxis will depart for Stone Labs at 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. This is a pre-registered event that is not included in conference registration. A limited amount of tickets are available for purchase at the registration desk for $50.

9:30 p.m. Jet Express Boat Ride to Mainland
Put-in-Bay Marina
The boat back to the mainland will leave at 9:30 p.m. from the Put-in-Bay Marina and will return to the Cedar Point Marina at approximately 10:15 p.m. This is the only return boat from South Bass Island to the mainland.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Issue Tables Breakfast
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

We will have tables set aside where groups can meet to discuss Great Lakes restoration issues. Look for the table that interests you most and join the discussion, or start your own! Use this time to share information and ideas, host a strategic planning session, or discover new partners for work on an issue. Issue tables are optional, breakfast is available for all.

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Break
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions

 

1. Flint, Living With Contaminated Water/Toledo, Two Years Later
Erie Islands, Breakers East Conference Center
#FlintWaterCrisis

When the water coming out of the tap is brown, green or otherwise discolored and has a pungent smell, how do people function, respond and live after their municipal water supplies are deemed unsafe? As politicians, lawyers, health care providers, the press and others wrangle through a morass of challenges and responses, what does the everyday citizen in an urban center do? How do they make it?  How are residents’ daily routines, lives, and hygiene impacted? What are the real time impacts of poverty and the reality on the ground? This workshop unpacks the day-to-day realities of living with tainted water from those personally impacted.  Conference participants will hear directly from those currently living or have been through such a nightmare in an effort to better plan, inform and shape responsiveness, policy and social services in a realistic way.

  • Moderator: Simone Lightfoot, Director of Urban Initiatives, National Wildlife Federation
  • E. Michelle Mickens, CEO, Live 4 Change, LLC
  • Mike Harris, The Flint Development Group

2. Sustainable Solutions for the Cuyahoga River and Toledo Harbor’s Dredged Material
Bay Winds, Breakers East Conference Center
#Sediment

Approximately one million cubic yards of material is dredged annually from the 25-mile federal Toledo Harbor shipping channel (most of this material is open lake placed) and approximately 250,000 cubic yards of material is dredged every year from Cleveland Harbor’s federal channel (this material is placed in a confined disposal facility).  A recent Ohio law directs the elimination of open lake placement of materials by 2020 as a result of concerns that the current practice of open lake placement maybe contributing to Lake Erie’s nutrient load and the resulting harmful algal blooms, and the increased understanding that this material has value. Local and state leaders are working diligently to identify, fund, and implement alternative dredged material management practices. Workshop panelists will share the details of this massive material management challenge in Ohio and describe current and proposed innovative management solutions in Toledo and Cleveland.

  • Moderator: Shannon Nabors, Chief, Northwest District Office, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Pamela Allen, Director, Lake Erie Issues, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Scudder D. Mackey, Chief, Office of Coastal Management, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Joseph Cappel, Vice President, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority
  • James White, Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Programs, Cleveland –Cuyahoga County Port Authority
  • John Hull, Chairman, Hull Associates, Inc.

3. Algae Blooms: Collectively Creating Space for Solutions
Nor’easter, Breakers East Conference Center
#Collaborations

The Lake Erie Collective works across jurisdictions to address algal blooms by raising media attention, building a broad and diverse support base, and ensuring the development and implementation of effective actions. As a project of the Great Lakes Network, we’ll explore how cross-jurisdictional collaboration can benefit Great Lakes issues.

  • Moderator: Tony Maas, Strategies Manager, Freshwater Future
  • Crystal Davis, Policy Director, Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • Raj Gill, Great Lakes Organizer, Canadian Freshwater Alliance
  • Ashley Wallis, Manager, Water Program, Environmental Defence Canada
  • Nancy Goucher, Manager, Partnerships, Freshwater Future
  • Jack Schmitt, Deputy Director, Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Gail Hesse, Great Lakes Water Program Director, National Wildlife Federation
  • Kristy Meyer, Managing Director, Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Council

4. Advocacy and Social Media
Joe Cool Restaurant
#SocialMedia

What’s that old adage? A picture says 140 characters? Throughout this workshop, we will focus on the top trending platforms and examine their ability to garner attention, inspire action, and spread accurate information. Together, we will analyze real Facebook and Twitter posts and suggest best practices to use when conveying environmental messaging.

  • Anna Brunner, Communications Coordinator, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition
  • Beth Kosson, Social Media Manager, CurrentCast

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
1. Growing Sustainable Water Solutions
Erie Islands, Breakers East Conference Center
#Sustainable

Workshop participants will learn about rain gardens as a green infrastructure technique to address stormwater pollution and strategies to engage the community around stormwater management using rain gardens. Presenters will discuss strategies to create and empower a grassroots initiative around Great Lakes protection. Additionally, they will touch on the nexus between food and the environment and business development opportunities with green infrastructure.

  • Moderator: Erma Leaphart, Conservation Organizer, Sierra Club
  • Ashley Atkinson, Co-Director, Keep Growing Detroit
  • Cyndi Ross, River Restoration Program Manager, Friends of the Rouge
  • Deborah La Violette, Community Organizer, Rain Gardens to the Rescue
  • Brian Allnut, Store Manager, Detroit Farm and Garden

2. Science-Based Implementation of BMP’s In Western Lake Erie Basin
Bay Winds, Breakers East Conference Center
#WLEB

The workshop will present the cropland findings of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Western Lake Erie Basin Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP).  The WLEB CEAP state-of-the-art modeling of the western basin quantifies impacts and needs of various conservation practices in reducing nutrient loadings to the western basin of Lake Erie.

  • Steve Davis, Watershed Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service

3. Sharing Chesapeake Lessons with Great Lakes
Nor’easter, Breakers East Conference Center
#ChesapeakeBay

Many threats to the health and productivity of the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes are similar, as are their solutions. Hear from an elected local official, a retired Natural Resources Conservation Service agricultural advisor, the previous special assistant to Environmental Protection Agency administrator and a technical wiz on targeting to reduce best management practice costs.

  • Verna Harrison, Principal, Verna Harrison Associates, LLC
  • Carol Contrada, County Commissioner, Lucas County, Ohio
  • Bobby Whitescarver, Environmental Consultant & Watershed Restoration Scientist, Whitescarver Natural Resource Management, LLC
  • Jeff Corbin, Vice President for Water Quality Markets & Mitigation, Restoration Systems, LLC
  • Cassandra Pallai, Geospatial Project Manager, Chesapeake Conservancy

4. A Changing Landscape: Engaging New Constituencies
Joe Cool Restaurant
#Growth

Organizations can achieve greater impact and relevancy by engaging a diversity of constituencies and allies. Join in an interactive session to clarify the “why” behind your need for engagement and the “how” of engaging new constituencies. You will walk away with your next steps for increasing your engagement strategies.

  • Dianne Russell, President, Institute for Conservation Leadership
  • Cheryl Glasser, Senior Associate, Institute for Conservation Leadership

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Back to the Future: Mustering Science and Political Will to Save Lake Erie, Again 
Cedar Point Convention Center
#LakeErie
This panel will begin with a story about how one person out of nearly 500,000 people responded to the shocking news in Toledo two years ago: do not drink the water! Then panelists with decades of experience in water quality science and policy, will explore both the potential and pitfalls ahead as we collectively work to reverse the spread of harmful algal blooms in the shallowest, and therefore most vulnerable of our Great Lakes.

  • Lana Pollack, Chair, U.S. Section, International Joint Commission
  • Anita Rios, Toledo Resident
  • Frank Szollosi, Great Lakes Regional Outreach Campaigns Manager, National Wildlife Federation
  • Jeffrey M. Reutter, Special Advisor, Ohio Sea Grant College Program and Franz Theodore Stone Laboratory
  • Verna Harrison, Verna Harrison Associates, LLC

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Break
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
1. The Mackinac Straits Oil Pipelines: Prospects and Implications
Erie Islands, Breakers East Conference Center
#Line5

The future of Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline, which crosses the Straits of Mackinac, has become a top-tier issue.  At this session, the campaign leaders will provide a progress report and prognosis of outcomes as well as explore implications for other Great Lakes issues, including lessons learned in organizing businesses.

  • Moderator: Mike Shriberg, Great Lakes Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation
  • Rich Bergman, Owner, Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company
  • Liz Kirkwood, Executive Director, For the Love of Water
  • Jim Lively, Program Director, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities
  • Jennifer McKay, Policy Director, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

2. Market-Based Tools for Improving Water Quality
Bay Winds, Breakers East Conference Center
#WaterQuality

Great Lakes Commission staff and available project partners will discuss water quality trading and related market-based projects targeting phosphorus reductions in three priority watersheds across the Great Lakes Basin:  Fox P Trade in the lower Fox River, Wisconsin; Erie P Market in western lake Erie Basin; and the Saginaw Bay Pay for Performance project. Similar programs in Ontario may also be shared. Presenters will share their experiences in maximizing impact (and stretching public and private dollars) by using market-based incentives to drive conservation investments that improve water quality.

  • Moderator: Victoria Pebbles, Program Director, Great Lakes Commission
  • Nicole Zacharda, Program Manager, Great Lakes Commission
  • Megan Naplin, Conservation Technician, Sanilac Conservation District
  • Dennis O’Grady, General Manager, South Nation Conservation
  • Jessica Schultz, Executive Director, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance

3. Community Engagement Through Green Infrastructure
Nor’easter, Breakers East Conference Center
#Community

Working through existing community networks like neighborhood associations and block groups, we have successfully educated and engaged twelve inner-city Milwaukee neighborhoods around green infrastructure.  Our approach meets community members where they are, learning about issues that are important to them, and explaining how green infrastructure fits into their lives.

  • Pamela Ritger, Climate Resilience Project Manager, Clean Wisconsin
  • Yvonne McCaskill, Neighborhood Leader, Century City Triangle Neighborhood Association

4. Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) and the Bottom Line
Joe Cool Restaurant
#BottomLine

Starting with the 2011 algal bloom season, our presentation will describe how three very different industries have dealt with the ever-increasing harmful algal blooms and how there has been very significant financial ramifications.  We will then focus on the record 2015 bloom, which started much earlier in the year, and covered the majority of the Western Basin.

  • Captain Dave Spangler, Vice President, Lake Erie Charter Boat Association
  • Kristy Meyer, Managing Director, Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Council
  • Kevin Sibbring, President & CEO, Lakeside
  • Andy McClure, Plant Administrator, Toledo Water Treatment Facility

 

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
1. Braddock Bay Ecosystem Restoration Project
Erie Islands, Breakers East Conference Center
#BraddockBay

Braddock Bay is located on the shore of Lake Ontario, Greece, N.Y. The goal of the Braddock Bay ecosystem restoration project is to improve habitat diversity of the existing emergent marsh currently dominated by cattail, and to reduce erosion in the marsh. Work on this project will be completed in spring 2017.

  • Sheila E. Hint, Environmental Engineer/Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Weston Cross, Coastal Geologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 
2. Race and Class in the Environmental Movement: Looking Back and Moving Forward
Bay Winds, Breakers East Conference Center
#EnvironmentalHistory

Diversity, equity, and inclusion have become major topics for environmental organizations across the United States including many of those working to restore the Great Lakes. How did the environmental/conservation movement become dominated by the white middle class? Why is it important to work across racial and class lines? How can we turn our good intentions into action? This session will include a presentation on the origins of race and class bias in the environmental/conservation movements followed by a discussion on how to overcome these barriers to engagement.

  • Janae Davis, Ph.D. Student, Clark University; Environmental Fellow, National Wildlife Federation

3. Creating Watershed Report Cards
Nor’easter, Breakers East Conference Center
#Watershed

Collecting watershed data is great, but how we use that data to inform and motivate stewardship change should be at the heart of any monitoring program.  Learn the basics of creating a systematic and defensible report card to help drive water quality improvement and evaluate progress.

  • Breann Hohman, Watershed/Stewardship Coordinator, Erie Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Frank Lopez, Reserve Manager, Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Kristi Arend, Research Coordinator, Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve

4. Role of Manure in Toxic Algae
Joe Cool Restaurant
#CAFO

Livestock manure is a significant source of pollution causing Lake Erie’s toxic algae. Join us to hear how poorly regulated and unmonitored factory farms are impacting the environment along with solutions to address the problem.

  • Moderator: Adam Rissien, Director Clean Water, Ohio Environmental Council
  • Jay Martin, Department of Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering, Ohio State University
  • Pam Taylor, Member/Volunteer, Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

1. Farmers engaging Farmers to Protect Water Quality
Erie Islands, Breakers East Conference Center
#Conservation

River Raisin watershed farmers participate in “Fields to the Great Lakes” events to engage other farmers in implementing more conservation practices to protect water resources.  Interactive workshops empower farmer-to-farmer conSERvation conVERsations regarding nutrient impacts on water quality. Panel presentations include area farmers active with the Farmer Advisory Committee.

  • Amy Gilhouse, Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program Technician, Lenawee Conservation District
  • Jim Isley, Farmer, Lenawee County, Michigan
  • Wayne Dinius, Farmer, Fulton County, Ohio

2. Rainwater Rewards Stormwater Calculator
Bay Winds, Breakers East Conference Center
#Stormwater

The Rainwater Rewards Stormwater Calculator is an online and mobile-friendly tool that calculates the costs and benefits of ecosystem services associated with the implementation of green infrastructure practices. Workshop participants will learn more about the calculator and have opportunities for utilizing the calculator on real world problems.

  • Elaine Sterrett Isely, Director of Water & Low Impact Development Programs, West Michigan Environmental Action Council

3. Great Lakes Basin Social Network Analysis
Nor’easter, Breakers East Conference Center
#Complexity

After a brief overview of Social Network Analysis, we’ll describe our year-long, basin-wide project which involves gathering organizational and relational data from 143 Great Lakes environmental organizations on both sides of the border, convening sector leaders to strategize and parse the results and initiating numerous network weavers.

  • Moderator: Paul Bubelis, Executive Director, Sustainability Network
  • Tony Maas, Principal, Maas Strategies
  • Raj Gill, Great Lakes Organizer, Canadian Freshwater Alliance
  • Paco Ollervides, Leadership Development Manager, River Network

 
4. Innovative Approaches to Improving Water Quality
Joe Cool Restaurant
#nutrients

Nutrient pollution and runoff is one of the major emerging issues and threats to our Great Lakes water resources, causing harmful algal blooms and pollutants that degrade ecosystems and water quality and increased sedimentation that disrupts harbor economies. In this session, Delta Institute will discuss three innovative and collaborative approaches it’s taking to create scalable frameworks to reduce nutrient loading and improve water quality into the Great Lakes. This session will provide attendees with an overview of different strategies being tested and implemented on-the-ground to address emerging water quality issues that threaten the Great Lakes environment and economy.

  • Ryan Smith, Specialist, Ecosystems, Delta Institute
  • Bill Schleizer, CEO, Delta Institute
  • Stephanie Prellwitz, Executive Director, Green Lake Association
  • Megan Naplin, Conservation Technician, St. Clair/Sanilac Conservation District

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Evening Reception: Enjoy Cedar Point and Lake Erie

Cedar Point Amusement Park and the Beach at Hotel Breakers

This is a pre-registered event. Conference attendees are automatically registered. Tickets are available at the registration desk and at the entrance to the park and will be sold on a first come, first served basis for $50 for people not registered for the conference.

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Bonfire and S’mores on the Beach

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Cedar Point Convention Center

9:00 a.m – 9:45 a.m. Presidential Candidate Forum Session 1
Cedar Point Convention Center
#GreatLakesPresident
For the first time in eight years, a new president will be able to set a direction for the Great Lakes.  Will our new president keep us on a path towards restoring and protecting the Great Lakes?  Or will they make decisions that interrupt the successes we’re seeing on the ground?  Join us for an exciting candidate’s forum – the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition and allies have invited Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (or their top representatives) to outline their Great Lakes platforms and tell us what they will do to protect and restore the drinking water for over 30 million people in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

  • Donald Trump’s Representative: Mike Budzik, past chief, Ohio Division of Wildlife under Ohio Gov. Bob Taft

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break
Lakeside Dinning Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions

1. Purging Great Lakes Plastic Pollution
Erie Islands, Breakers East Conference Center
#microbeads

Everyone agrees that plastic litter doesn’t belong in the environment. The state specific ban on microbeads exemplifies this, but the fight for plastic-free freshwater is far from over.  Join this discussion to help coordinate binational research, policy, and public education efforts to protect Great Lakes shorelines, sediments, and water from plastic pollution.

  • Lana Pollack, Chair, International Joint Commission
  • Victor Serveiss, Environmental Advisor, International Joint Commission

2. Assessing Caretaker Capacity and Advocacy Preparedness
Bay Winds, Breakers East Conference Center
#survey

River Network and FracTracker will share recent survey results evaluating Great Lakes watershed organizations’ advocacy preparedness and capacity, and threats to regional water quality and quantity. Come share your experience influencing local water decisions and let’s identify ways we can together strengthen the advocacy capacity of grassroots groups across the region.

  • Paco Ollervides, Leadership Development Manager, River Network
  • Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance

3. Growing More Cover Crops- Why & How
Nor’easter, Breakers East Conference Center
#CoverCrops

Want to know more about cover crops or starting a grassroots outreach program? This session will show and share with you the National Wildlife Federation’s Cover Crop Champion’s outreach program and how a local partner, Seneca Conservation District, took the program and innovatively adapted it.  See why we need cover crops and grab tricks that that can help any organization trying to improve their outreach.

  • Beth Diesch, Outreach Coordinator, Seneca Conservation District
  • Elizabeth Lillard, Agriculture Program Specialist, National Wildlife Federation
  • Bret Margraf, Agriculture Nutrient Technician, Seneca Conservation District

4. Waukesha and Great Lakes Water Diversions: The Good, the Bad, and What’s Next?
Joe Cool Restaurant
#Waukesha

Waukesha, Wis., is the first diversion of water from the Great Lakes to a straddling county outside the basin approved with conditions under the Great Lakes Compact. Reactions to this decision were mixed across the region. Come to our talk-show style session to hear from organizations that were deeply involved in this process to learn about what went well, what didn’t go well and what’s next for Waukesha and for the Great Lakes Compact.

  • Moderator: Marc Smith, Policy Director, National Wildlife Federation
  • Molly Flanagan, Vice President of Policy, Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • Jennifer Bolger Breceda, Executive Director, Milwaukee Riverkeeper

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Break
Lakeside Dining Room, Cedar Point Convention Center

11:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Presidential Candidate Forum Session 2
Cedar Point Convention Center
#GreatLakesPresident
For the first time in eight years, a new president will be able to set a direction for the Great Lakes.  Will our new president keep us on a path towards restoring and protecting the Great Lakes?  Or will they make decisions that interrupt the successes we’re seeing on the ground?  Join us for an exciting candidate’s forum – the HOW coalition and allies have invited Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (or their top representatives) to outline their Great Lakes platforms and tell us what they will do to protect and restore the drinking water for over 30 million people in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

  • Hillary Clinton’s Representative: David Hayes, former deputy secretary, Department of Interior in Obama Administration

11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Conference Closing