Ottawa County Water Quality Forum set for Nov. 21

Lead, public water supply among topics on agenda

Lead and public water supply will kick off topics discussed at the 11th annual Ottawa County Water Quality Forum. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will open the session by discussing the work of the Child Lead Elimination Board.

The forum will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 21 (check-in begins at 8 a.m.) at the Ottawa County Administrative Office, main conference room, 12220 Fillmore St., West Olive, Mich. In addition to lead and public water supply safety, other topics on the agenda include:

  • Ottawa County Water Resources Study update
  • Project Clarity update on Macatawa Watershed
  • Bass River Watershed update
  • Pipeline emergency preparedness

Two workshops will follow the forum (beginning at 3:50 p.m.).

  • The Rainwater Rewards Stormwater Calculator Workshop will include a brief overview of the project that includes development of an online and mobile-friendly stormwater calculator tool that calculates the costs and benefits of ecosystem services associated with the implementation of green infrastructure practices. Participants will then utilize their own laptops, cell phones, and other mobile devices to run green infrastructure calculations on real world stormwater management implementation decisions.
  • The Great Lakes Clean Communities Network aims to connect people and organizations at the grassroots level by offering innovative tools, success stories, and solutions for addressing environmental problems in communities throughout the Great Lakes Basin. An Ecological Scorecard, developed by the Nature Conservancy, will help communities track progress toward meeting their goals and reducing pollution.

A complete agenda and registration are available online for the forum and workshops. Cost is $10 ($12.00 if registering online) and registration deadline is Nov. 16, 2016. Attendance is limited to 150, so don’t delay!

Michigan Sea Grant helps to foster economic growth and protect Michigan’s coastal, Great Lakes resources through education, research and outreach. A collaborative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 33 university-based programs.

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