The First State of the Bay Conference Comes to Bay City

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Independence Bridge in Bay City over the Saginaw River
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It’s the first time the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative will bring together experts to talk about not only issues around the Saginaw Bay, but the rivers and tributaries that connect to it. The State of the Bay Conference is set for September 27th at the Double Tree Hotel downtown bay city. Mike Kelly is director of the conservation fund and says there is something for everyone.

“The program is spread, really in three themes; environmental education, community development and then watershed issues, which may relate to watershed restoration or protection projects. So, there’s a little bit of everything here for everyone. Whether it’s waterfront development, or land conservation, or restoration projects or education, I think there’s a little bit of everything here related to the Saginaw Bay.”

Kelly says the one day conference features speakers including Dr. Jeff Reutter, who will help give a perspective of how recent issues in Lake Erie relate to the Saginaw Bay. Luncheon speaker for the afternoon is Sheila Stamiris from the city of Frankenmuth, who was instrumental in the removal of the dam and restoring the Cass River. Other speakers for the day will present environmental and STEM education initiatives surrounding the bay and its tributaries. Kelly says the day will also include breakout sessions with information on rivers and streams, as well as dams and wetland protections. At the end of the day there will be a cruise and reception on the Appledore. The conference is open to anyone interested in conservation around the Saginaw Bay. A full schedule and registration information are available on the web at stateofthebay2017.org. Pre-registration is open until Monday, September 20th. For more information call 989-892-9171. 

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