U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC) Annual Conference on May 24-26, 2022, in Muskegon, Michigan.

RESCHEDULED TO MAY 24-26, 2022. 

 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations or registration changes made on or before May 13, 2022, will receive a full refund of the registration fee. Substitutions are welcome any time.


 

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), in partnership with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents the 2021 Areas of Concern (AOC) Conference.  This year's conference will be held May 24-26, 2022, in Muskegon, Michigan, at the Lakeshore Convention Center, with several pre-conference activities on May 24.  Attendees will include:  federal agencies, including the EPA, state AOC program managers and staff, AOC Advisory Council Chairs and members, private sector and academic interests, AOC leaders and other interested parties.

Thanks to our sponsors, the cost of attending is only $95!  Preconference tours are included, but capacities are limited, so sign up early!

POSTER SESSION INFORMATION

LODGING INFORMATION
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CONFERENCE SPONSORS

TRAVEL SUPPORT FOR AOCs

 

 

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Masking Policy/Safety Precautions: 

At this time, masks will be required during the conference for all attendees regardles of vaccination status.
EGLE has reserved the entire conference venue and capped this event at 350 (20% of the venue capacity) to allow social distancing, which is encouraged.

This policy is subject to change as we continue to monitor CDC recommendations and requirements.

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PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE AGENDA (subject to change)

Day 1 - Wednesday, May 25 (times in EDT)

Time

Session

8am

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am - 6:45 pm

Poster Viewing 

9 am

Plenary Session:  

 

  • Welcoming Remarks
  • GLRI Update

9:45 am

Interactive Polling Session

10:15 am

Plenary Session:

Introduction to Michigan AOCs 

11 am

Break

11:20 am

Plenary Session:

12 pm

Lunch

1:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

3 pm

Break

3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

5 - 6 pm

Poster Viewing and Discussion Session

 

Day 2 - Thursday, May 26

Time

Session

8 am

Networking Breakfast

8:45 am

Plenary Session:

 

  • Recap of Day One
  • Getting Work Done at AOCs

9:30 am

Breakout Sessions

11 am

Break

11:30 am

Closing Plenary Session 

12:15 pm

Wrap-up and Follow-up Actions

 

Closing Interactive Polling Session

12:30 pm

Adjourn

 

Breakout sessions will include:

 (subject to change)

  • Long-term Maintenance of AOC Habitat Restoration Projects
  • BUI in Depth - Eutrophication
  • Diversity-Equity-Inclusion in PACs
  • BUI Roundtables
  • BUIs and Indigenous Cultural Use Perspective
  • Sediment 101
  • Habitat Restoration Beyond Fish and Birds
  • Revitalization Opportunities
  • Government/Academic Collaboration on AOCs
  • Great Lakes Legacy Act
  • AOCs 101
  • AOC Outreach/DEI/EJ
  • Data Sharing Challenges and Opportunties
  • Stories of Local AOC Revitalization

 

 

 

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PRE-CONFERENCE TOURS - MAY 24

Join one of four tours of the Muskegon Lake Area of Concern on Tuesday afternoon.   These tours are included with your registration, but capacities are limited.  Sign up during registration:

  1. Habitat Tour East - Features three hydrologic reconnection and wetland habitat restoration projects and a Great Lakes Legacy Act cleanup.
  2. Habitat Tour WestFeatures three shoreline habitat restoration projects, a Great Lakes Legacy Act cleanup, and the historic NOAA GLERL Lake Michigan Field Station.
  3. Lakeshore Trail Bicycle Habitat ToursFeatures two habitat restoration projects along the Lakeshore Trail.
  4. Downtown Muskegon Walking Tour - Explore amenities and attractions in downtown Muskegon.

View the tour itineraries.


PRE-CONFERENCE RECEPTION - MAY 24, 6-8PM
Walker's Restaurant (included with registration)

Following the AOC Habitat Tours from 6-8PM, join us for an opening reception, including appetizers, in downtown Muskegon at Walker's Restaurant, located inside the Delta by Marriott hotel.


PRE- AND POST-CONFERENCE LAB TOURS (free)
Trace Analytical Laboratories
2241 Back Creek Rd., Muskegon

Trace Analytical is offering 15-minute tours of their analytical laboratory on May 24 from 8AM to noon, and on May 26 from 12:30-4PM.  These tours of 5-6 people will show the flow of samples and where they go throughout the lab.


OPTIONAL DINNER ON THE LAKE - MAY 25, 6PM
The Lake House ($20) 

Join us for dinner and cash bar at The Lake House on Muskegon Lake.


 

Questions on conference content:

 

For more information on Great Lakes Areas of Concern visit  epa.gov/great-lakes-aocs

 


Thank you to our conference sponsors!

 

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