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Fw: RSVP for Apr. 1 Webinar on Invasive Species | Alliance for the Great Lakes

From: Dean N.
Sent on: Friday, March 29, 2013 4:04 PM
Hello All,

Sending out this notice about an important topic that effects the Great Lakes and the threat of invasive species.  Not an official CSM event, but a very important subject.  This is a webinar that you need to sign up for and log into.
-Dean Nolan

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From: "Jared Teutsch, Alliance for the Great Lakes" <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, March 27,[masked]:01 PM
Subject: RSVP for Apr. 1 Webinar on Invasive Species | Alliance for the Great Lakes

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Ballast Water: Strong Standards + Innovative Technology = Great Lakes Protection
Dear Dean,
The majority of invasive species entering the Great Lakes have arrived in the ballast water of oceangoing ships. These invasives present significant costs to local economies and threaten the entire Great Lakes ecosystem. Current regulatory approaches fall short of what's needed to fully prevent the threat, and the incentives to apply technological solutions that surpass current international standards are not clear to those who must embrace them if we are to keep invasives at bay.
As the Great Lakes move further into the 21st century, technology and regulatory approaches are lagging in meeting the challenges of changing ecosystems and economies. During the webinar, guest speaker, Rudi Strickler, a distinguished professor of biological sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will offer a historic and physical analysis of ballast and potential no-ballast ships, and will show images from inside the ballast tank of the U.S. EPA Lake Guardian. While, on the regulatory side, William Creal, Water Resources Division chief of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, will offer the perspective of an agency leading an update of Michigan’s Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan, discussing this and other efforts that have made Michigan a leader in controlling ballast water pollution among Great Lakes states.
Jared Teutsch
Water Policy Advocate
*This event is open to the media. Reporters will be asked to hold their questions until the end of the session.
If you have any questions please contact Nate Drag at [address removed].

Information about our guest speakers:
Rudi Strickler, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Shaw Distinguished Professor of biological sciences, focuses his research on microscopic aquatic zooplankters as they navigate and manipulate their watery habitats and has reversed previous scholarship that asserted the tiny creatures survived by chance encounter. He has been recognized by the National Science Foundation, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and has been a faculty member at Johns Hopkins, Yale, Southern California and Boston universities and the University of Ottawa, Canada.
William Creal is chief of the Water Resources Division in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. In this capacity Bill oversees the wastewater and surface water programs; permits to control aquatic nuisance plants; nonpoint source pollutants; critical dunes, wetlands, and floodplains issues; dam safety; and soil erosion and sedimentation control issues.
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Monday, Apr. 1
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