Board of Commissioners

Water Quality Forum

Eleventh Annual Water Quality Forum - November 21, 2016

November 21, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. (Check-in at 8 a.m.)
Ottawa County Administrative Office, Main Conference Room
12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, Michigan

Workshop Information

There are two workshops immediately following the regular Water Quality Forum Agenda. Please indicate whether or not you will attend either workshop when registering.

  • WMEAC, in partnership with GVSU and Michigan Tech, is finalizing development of an online and mobile-friendly stormwater calculator tool that calculates the costs and benefits of ecosystem services associated with the implementation of green infrastructure practices. The calculator is designed for use in small to medium-sized cities in the Great Lakes basin; it currently includes land use data for Holland, Zeeland, Grand Rapids, and Muskegon.

    The workshop will include a brief overview of the project background and calculator development. Workshop participants will then be asked to utilize their own laptops, cell phones, and other mobile devices to run green infrastructure calculations on real world stormwater management implementation decisions. Calculator usage and results will be discussed, as well as the implications for future decision making. Workshop participants will be asked to rate their experience with the workshop and the calculator for further development throughout the Fall.

    Funding for this project is being provided by the U.S. Forest Service through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

  • The Great Lakes Clean Communities Network (GLCCN), funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF), is a new initiative by the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research (IWR) and the University of Michigan School of Information. The GLCCN was developed to connect people and organizations at the grass roots level by offering innovative tools, success stories, and solutions for addressing environmental problems in communities throughout the Great Lakes Basin. Through collaboration and dynamic networking, watershed groups, sustainability managers, environmental organizations, local governments, universities and others will be able to share ideas, methods, and tools to address environmental issues specific to their region. The GLCCN will host a variety of online tools, datasets, and models that help prioritize and maximize resources to address water quality and many other environmental concerns. These tools help support local activities and can also be used to generate new ideas and approaches for managing and minimizing a variety of impacts ranging from nonpoint source pollution to invasive species. An Ecological Scorecard, developed by the Nature Conservancy, will help communities track progress toward meeting their goals and reducing pollution.

Past Forums

Tenth Annual Water Quality Forum – November 13, 2015 Ninth Annual Water Quality Forum - November 7, 2014 Eighth Annual Water Quality Forum - November 25, 2013 Seventh Annual Water Quality Forum - November 1, 2012 Sixth Annual Water Quality Forum - November 4, 2011 Fifth Annual Water Quality Forum - November 1, 2010 Fourth Annual Water Quality Forum - 2009 Third Annual Water Quality Forum - 2008 Second Annual Water Quality Forum - 2007 First Annual Water Quality Forum - 2006

Do you have information about projects, funding or other water quality events? Let us know!