Ugh!  Remember the algae blooms on Lake Erie last summer?  How people in several Ohio cities couldn't drink their water for weeks?    That and other issues of interaction between people and the lakes is the topic for the February Mid-MEAC Land Use Lunch.  

Margaret Kalcic, an expert in nutrient loading in Lake Erie watersheds, will speak to us about larger issues of watershed management, and especially the interaction between farming practices and water quality downstream.  

Mid-MEAC's Land Use Lunches begin at noon and are held at Michigan Environmental Council's 
(MEC) conference room of the MEC building, at 602 W Ionia.  (corner of Pine and Ionia.)

All are welcome; a light lunch is available for a light donation.

A researcher with the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan, Margaret  has studied agricultural conservation practices for smaller watersheds, and in the human dimensions of watershed management.  As a part of her dissertation work she interviewed farmers to better understand their perceptions of conservation and targeting.  Her current modeling work in the watersheds draining to western Lake Erie allows her to engage agricultural stakeholders and build scenarios of conservation efforts that may alleviate harmful algal blooms.

For more information about the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (Mid-MEAC) Land Use Lunch Series, go to midmeac.org.

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