16th Annual Great Lakes Beach Association Conference

Agency: Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy


Tuesday, October 04, 2016 - Friday, October 07, 2016

Marquette Regional History Center
145 W Spring St
Marquette, Michigan 49855


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Presentations (in order of Agenda):

Wednesday – October 5, 2016

BEACH 101Shannon Briggs, MDEQ

BEACH 101 - Holly Wirick, U.S. EPA

EPA’s eBeaches Data System and Verification Tool (vT) – Bill Kramer, U.S. EPA

Beach 201 - Utilizing Sanitary Surveys to Inform Mitigation - Kimberly Busse and Greg Kleinheinz, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

qPCR Reunion - Erin Dreelin, MSU; Rich Haugland, U.S. EPA; Brian Scull, GVSU; and Dave Szlag, Oakland University

Outdoor Recreation – An Overlooked Economic Giant - Candy Fletcher Kozeluh, Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Integration of Heritage with Outdoor Recreation, and its Impact on Conservation Awareness - Dan Spegel, MDNR Michigan History Center

Nature Based Tourism and Outdoor Recreation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Economic and Cultural Effects - Scott Jordan Ph.D, Northern Michigan University

Engaging Coastal Users in Recreational Use Studies: the Surfrider Model - Lori Booth, Global Grants Manager, Surfrider Foundation

Michigan Clean Beaches Initiative - Jamie Cross, Adopt-a-Beach Manager, Alliance for the Great Lakes

Marketing Considerations for your Water Trail - Elaine Sterrett Isely, Water & LID Program Director, West Michigan Environmental Action Council


Thursday – October 6, 2016

Superior Beach Stories and New Coastal Monitoring Tools! - Carl Lindquist and Jeff Koch, Superior Watershed Partnership

Evidence-based guidelines for Microbial Source Tracking projects - James Herrin, Source Molecular Corporation

A High-Throughput Sequencing-Based Approach for Determining Sources of Fecal Bacteria in Freshwater - Clairessa M. Brown, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

EPA Method 1603 “Spike the Ball” Study - Mark Citriglia, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

E. coli qPCR as an alternative method for Great Lakes Beach Monitoring - Dr. Rich Haugland, U.S. EPA

Mapping E. coli Pollution Problems - Molly Rippke, MDEQ

New York State Department of Health’s Harmful Algae Bloom Response Protocol and Tools - Eric Wiegert, New York State Department of Health

Maximizing DNA Extraction from Cladophora for Genomic Analysis and Detection of Microbial Communities - Kasia Kelly, US Geological Survey

Transport of Septic-Derived Nutrients to the Great Lakes through a Permeable Beach Aquifer - Sabina Rakhimbekova, Western University, Londo, Ontario

qPCR: A Screening Tool for Harmful Algal Blooms - Mark Citriglia, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Creating your own Beach Data Story using the MyGLOS Data Portal - Rebecca Pearson, Great Lakes Observing System

Drowning: Addressing the Hidden Epidemic - Bob Pratt, Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project

Improving Safety from Dangerous Currents, and Opportunities to Work Together - Jesse Schomberg and Marie Thoms, University of Minnesota Sea Grant

Beach Hazard Risk Communication and Education in Support of Rip Current Forecasting - Todd Breiby, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program

Development and Application of Integrated Nowcast – Forecast Operational System (INFOS) for Rip Currents in the Great Lakes - Chin H. Wu, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Friday – October 7, 2016

Successful Beach Restoration in an Area of Concern - Sheri J. Faust, St. Clair County Health Department

Montrose Beach Sustainable Proposal to Improve Beach Water Quality and Public Access - William J. Weaver, AECOM

Dramatic Long-Term Improvement in E. coli at Lake Michigan Recreational Beaches: A “Clear” Pattern - Chelsea Weiskerger, Michigan State University

Protecting Your Investment - A Candid Look at Beach Restoration Maintenance and Longevity Importance - Alice Bailey, Environmental Consulting & Technologies, Inc.

Revetments as a Last Line of Defense - Peter Pittner, Miller Engineers & Scientists

The incredible American Beach Grass: Amophila breviligulata - Deane Wassink, Olde Paths, Inc.

Developing Land Use Regulations to Protect Coastal Resources in Grand Haven - Katie Moss Sieb, Land Information Access Association

Riparian Rights Boundaries – Where Do My Rights End and My Neighbor’s Rights Begin? - Dustin P. Ordway, Ordway Law Firm


2016 GLBA Conference Attendees

Hosted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) with the Great Lakes Beach Association, City of Marquette, and the Superior Watershed.

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