The Planning & Zoning Center (PZC) at MSU hosted two conferences (2012 and 2014) on the Saginaw Bay Watershed. These events focused on water quality restoration efforts in the region and offered prespectives, challenges, tools, strategies and success stories surrounding water quality protection efforts in the Bay.
Stakeholder groups from around the Lake Huron Basin, and particularly the Saginaw Bay watershed, gathered on Friday, March 16, 2012, at Curtiss Hall on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, to discuss water quality restoration efforts in the region as part of the PZC's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Saginaw Bay Watershed project. The day-long event featured a host of speakers from various organizations and governmental agencies, offering their perspectives on the challenges and success stories surrounding water quality protection efforts in the Bay. Attendees were given the opportunity to select from nine breakout sessions on such topics as the accumulation of beach muck, and the control of aquatic invasive species.
More than 170 attendees gathered for the second Saginaw Bay Watershed Conference on June 12, 2014, at Saginaw Valley State University. The event was co-sponsored by 14 local organizations and statewide agencies concerned with the health of the Saginaw Bay and Great Lakes water quality. Topics discussed include the renewed Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement; the new Michigan Water Strategy; policy issues impacting water quality; stormwater and nutrients; and local tools and technologies that can help improve water quality. The purpose of the conference was to expose stakeholders to the breadth of research and work being done to improve water quality in the Saginaw Basin in hopes of increasing collaboration to expedite positive results, including tools and strategies for protecting water quality. This event was part of a second round of funding that the PZC received from GLRI targeted to two watersheds in the Saginaw Bay: the Shiawassee and Flint River Watersheds.