Links: Saginaw Bay Watershed Conference draws 200 for discussions on water quality
Everything residents and businesses do in the Saginaw Bay Watershed gets into the bay.
By: Lindsay Knake, Mlive.com/Saginaw
KOCHVILLE TWP. — Everything residents and businesses do in the Saginaw Bay Watershed gets into the bay.
That has caused pollution and problems for the health of habitats and wildlife in the lakes and rivers and bay in the 22 counties of the Saginaw Bay Watershed.
Politicians, government officials, environmentalists, professors and citizens gathered on Friday to discuss the problems and how to manage them at the 2012 Saginaw Bay Watershed Conference.
More than 200 people attended the conference, which had 24 speakers discussed topics from water quality to climate change.
The conference was part of the Michigan State University Planning and Zoning Center's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant
Look at The Saginaw News' and Bay City Times' coverage from the conference:
- Review the conference through live tweets from throughout the day.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a $475 million, five-year initiative to restore the lakes and watersheds. The federally funded program aims more specifically to clean up toxins, combat invasive species, and promote near shore health by protecting watersheds from runoff.
- The wellness of the Great Lakes is not just an issue that impacts Michigan Residents. The quality of these bodies of water has been addressed by both the U.S. and Canada for four decades.
- The climate is growing continually warmer, and that likely will have negative effects for the Great Lakes and Michigan's watersheds.
- The muck in the Saginaw Bay contains human and bovine fecal matter, said a researcher at MSU.
- MLive readers remember when the bay was clean.