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Upwellings December 2012, Michigan Clean Marinas

Keeping it Clean: The Michigan Clean Marina Program Marches On

- New marinas join the program, many recertify, changes coming for 2013

The past year has been a good one for the Michigan Clean Marina Program.

Twelve marinas that were up for renewal sought and achieved recertification, and two new marinas were recently added to the growing list of certified Michigan Clean Marinas. These marina facilities have put a number of economical and environmental best management practices into place to help keep contaminants out of Michigan waters.

Is your marina a certified Clean Marina? Check here.

“This has been a great year for the Clean Marina Program — and this is a fine way to top it off,” said Eric Foster, Chair of the Clean Marina Operations Committee. “The recertification of 12 marinas reaffirms their ongoing commitment, and the two new certified facilities are joining an exceptional group of marina operators that are committed to keeping Michigan waters clean.”

With these new additions, there are now 41 certified Clean Marinas in Michigan, with more working toward certification.

Why should you care? Certified Clean Marina facilities help protect the quality of our water, for drinking, swimming and fishing.

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Dr. Jennifer Read Leaving Michigan Sea Grant

Dr. Jennifer Read will be leaving Michigan Sea Grant this month, and has accepted a new position at the University of Michigan Water Center. Read has been the driving force behind Michigan Sea Grant’s research program for the past 11 years. Originally from Ontario, Read brings a binational perspective to Great Lakes water policy, fostering partnerships across the U.S.-Canada border.

Her experience in Great Lakes policy research provided the foundation for expanding and enhancing the Sea Grant research program. In 1998, Read came to Ann Arbor as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Michigan. She worked for the Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research. While at Sea Grant, Read fostered an Integrated Assessment program, a unique approach to research that supports interdisciplinary teams and interaction with stakeholders.

Read will continue to focus on the Great Lakes in her post-Sea Grant life; she will remain the director of the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) and will take on the role of deputy director of the new Water Center, supported by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.

Now Hiring: Research Program Manager

Michigan Sea Grant is seeking a full-time Research Program Manager to manage preparing, submitting, coordinating and reporting on research activities. This position is based at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment in Ann Arbor. Applications must be submitted through the University of Michigan job postings website.

For more information and to apply, see: Job Posting

Apply Now: Fellowships

Michigan Sea Grant is recruiting applicants for three fellowship programs. The fellowships offer terrific career-building and networking opportunities, real-world training, a salary and benefits, and a chance to explore careers that combine science and policy. Graduate students with a wide range of backgrounds and a strong interest in Great Lakes, coastal, aquatic or marine issues are encouraged to apply.
See: Details

The Life of the Lakes

The Life of the Lakes

Do you love the Great Lakes? Learn more about their story through this new edition of The Life of the Lakes (2012). This book is written for anglers, educators, natural resource managers and anyone interested in Great Lakes issues.
Educators: Consider using The Life of the Lakes as a supplemental text in your classroom this winter or spring. Filled with Great Lakes science, history and policy, this updated text provides a rich context that frames many of the issues the Great Lakes are currently experiencing or will face in the future.
Details: Full color, soft cover, 120 pages. Education discounts available.
See: Bookstore

What's Up, HOMES?

That is, Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. HOMES has long been the mnemonic device (a learning technique) of choice for those trying to recall the names of the Great Lakes.
In this series, Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Steve Stewart explores what each of those letters stand for — from basic information about each lake to current ecological issues.

Ice fish'n

(Don't Be) On Thin Ice

As ice forms on the lakes, those who ice fish get excited about making that first trip out. However, many accidents occur during this time of year. As a rule, no one should venture out on ice when it is less than two inches thick.
What happens if you do fall in? Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Ron Kinnunen writes about some precautions you can take.

See: Ice Caution
Drains to river

Blame it on the Rain?

A recent study found extremely low levels of human fecal bacteria in the Grand River. This is good news — but it was a dry summer. Some sources of contamination, like combined sewer overflows (CSOs), only happen during heavy rains. Other sources of contamination are also related to precipitation.

Did this year’s drought mask the usual water quality problems? Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Dan O’Keefe discusses the issue.
See: Overview
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