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Community Foundation to Host Conversation on Great Lakes Coastal Strategies

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is bringing together leaders from the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), University of Michigan, Michigan Tech University, and Northwestern Michigan College for a unique Coastal Zone Management (CZM) event.

“We envision healthy, resilient, thriving communities for all,” said David Mengebier, Community Foundation president and CEO. “Environmental issues – including our valuable water resources – are a critical component to meeting that vision.”

The event is planned for Thursday, May 16 from 9 – 11:30 am at NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute.

"We have a long history of stewardship and education connected to our Great Lakes – both at local and global levels,” said Marguerite Cotto, vice president of lifelong and professional learning at NMC. “We are excited to collaborate with the Community Foundation to host this event, and engage partners from all sectors in taking care of our water resources." 

Mengebier added that a primary purpose of this event is to raise awareness about coastal zone management issues.

The event will feature a presentation from leaders and experts in the field – Harry Burkholder from Land Information Access Association, Dr. Richard Norton from University of Michigan, Dr. Guy Meadows from Michigan Tech University, and Hans VanSummeren from the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute.

The presentation will provide a broad overview of how changes in climate and Great Lakes coastal dynamics are impacting communities and how citizens and local officials can use scenario-based planning tools to inform local land use decisions and policies that address both private property rights and the natural trust shoreline. 

Additionally, the event will highlight relevant funding opportunities for those that are supporting related work. This June, LIAA, in partnership with the CZM program, will be facilitating a local mini-grant program to provide resilient planning to local jurisdictions throughout Michigan. The Community Foundation is also stewarding funding as part of its Water First grant project through the Council of Michigan Foundations and Great Lakes Protection Fund.

The event is being offered at no charge to participants, but space is limited. To learn more or to register to attend, contact Leah McCallum at 517-944-0376 or leah@greatblueorange.com.


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