24 Speakers to Discuss Water Quality at 2012 Saginaw Bay Watershed Conference on March 16

Leaders and experts in environmental conservation will meet next week to discuss water quality restoration of the Saginaw Bay Watershed.

BY: Lindsay Knake, Mlive.com/Saginaw News

KOCHVILLE TWP. — Leaders and experts in environmental conservation will meet next week to discuss water quality restoration of the Saginaw Bay Watershed.

The 2012 Saginaw Bay Watershed Conference is March 16 at Saginaw Valley State University's Curtiss Hall, 7400 Bay. More than 20 speakers will present on progress of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Topics include relationship between land policy, land use and water quality; climate change, invasive species impact; habitat protection and restoration; local planning and zoning for water quality protection; and land conservation actions private land owners can take to improve water quality.

The 24 speakers range from biologists to Environmental Protection Agency. Attendees will choose three of nine breakout sessions to attend.

President Barack Obama in 2009 proposed $475 million for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to restore the Great Lakes and their coastal and river ecosystems. The Saginaw River/Bay Area of Concern includes all 22 miles of the Saginaw River and the entire Saginaw Bay.

Read more about the initiative through the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute.

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