Attention Alcona County Business Owners:
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has a second round of grants available to assist you. The grants are up to $20,000.00 each for grant winners; with up to $349,000.00 total for Alcona. Further information is available on the following web sites: Alcona County Chamber of Commerce and the Alpena Chamber of Commerce.
This is an excellent resource for businesses who have suffered due to COVID-19. Non-Profits are also eligible.
Registration is now open for the Great Lakes Virtual PFAS Summit, taking place October 26-30!
The Great Lakes PFAS Summit has been moved to a virtual, week-long event to be held October 26-30, 2020. The goals of this conference are to provide the most current and reliable science and policy, facilitate networking and information sharing, and explore current and future research topics related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
One of the biggest stories in chemical contamination emerging over the past several years has been PFAS. States throughout the nation, including the Great Lakes region, are finding PFAS contamination in a growing number of locations where these persistent chemicals pose a threat to people and the environment. The Great Lakes Virtual PFAS Summit will bring together environmental program managers, policy experts, researchers, and contractors from around the Great Lakes region to share the challenges of addressing this contamination and present innovative technical solutions developed to address these “forever” chemicals.
Participants may include local, state, and federal government officials; environmental consultants and vendors; academic researchers and students; industry managing PFAS contamination; and community organizations.
TOPIC AREAS BEING DEVELOPED FOR THE CONFERENCE
- Rules and Regulations
- Public Health and Communication
- Pollution Prevention
- Materials Management
- Sampling and Analytical
- Treatment Technology
- PFAS in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agenda coming soon!
Virtual Exhibitor Showcase registration coming soon!
Professional Development Hours will be available.
NotMISpecies: New webinar series explores Michigan’s efforts to prevent and respond
NotMISpecies, a new, monthly webinar series from Michigan’s Invasive Species Program, will take an in-depth look at efforts across the state to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive plants, insects, animals and diseases.
Michigan’s Invasive Species Program, a collaborative effort of the departments of Natural Resources; Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Agriculture and Rural Development, coordinates and supports invasive species initiatives across the state and provides support through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.
Those concerned about the impacts of invasive species or interested in the techniques used to prevent, detect and control them are encouraged to take advantage of this free webinar series. Topics include species-specific actions such as those underway to control red swamp crayfish; innovations in research and technology, like those being used to respond to grass carp in Lake Erie; and programs designed to help communities prevent and manage harmful invasive species.
“We’re excited to be able to showcase the work that’s happening behind the scenes, including the collaboration and resource sharing between agencies, researchers, businesses and local communities,” said Joanne Foreman, DNR invasive species communications coordinator. “There are no simple, ready-made solutions for keeping invasive species out of the state or eliminating those that are here, but Michigan remains at the forefront of many national and bi-national efforts to find sound solutions.”
Each hour-long webinar will introduce audiences to the people on the front lines of invasive species prevention and response. They will share what they are learning about how species behave outside their native environments and how this knowledge helps to prevent or control infestations. A question and answer period will follow each presentation.
The series kicks off at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 with a look at how science and technology are fueling a multi-jurisdictional response to grass carp in Lake Erie.
“Delicious but Dangerous,” at 9 a.m. Nov. 17, examines the hazards caused by thousands of burrowing invasive red swamp crayfish and how this species’ habits complicate removal efforts.
The series takes a break for the holidays and returns Jan. 22, 2021, with “Hemlock Rescue,” a look at the labor-intensive effort to inventory and treat eastern hemlock trees infested with hemlock woolly adelgid. Topics for future sessions will be added throughout the year.
Each webinar will be presented live, with recordings available for viewing approximately one week after the live event. For more information on each NotMISpecies webinar, including registration links, visit Michigan.gov/EGLEEvents.
Michigan's Invasive Species Program is cooperatively implemented by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
/Note to editors: Accompanying photos are available below for download. Caption information follows.
Insertion: An acoustic transmitter is inserted into the stomach cavity of a grass carp and blood is drawn to determining the carp’s reproductive status.
Tree injection: A certified pesticide applicator prepares to inject an infested hemlock tree with pesticide.
Crayfish: A team from DNR, EGLE and Michigan State University looks for red swamp crayfish in burrows./