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Michigan Earth Day
NotMISpecies Webinar Series
Invasive species pose a threat to Michigan’s environment, economy, and sometimes even human health. What is at stake? What is being done? This webinar series explores how agencies, universities, and locally-led organizations are working together to protect Michigan’s natural resources through the Michigan Invasive Species Program. If you are concerned about the impacts of invasive species or interested in the techniques used to control them, join us as we examine species-specific actions, innovations in research and technology, and programs designed to help communities prevent and manage harmful invasive species. A question and answer period will follow each presentation. You can view webinar recordings on the NotMiSpecies Webinar Series page.
Upcoming webinars in the series
March 25, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Why spotted lanternfly? Assessing the potential threat of invasive species to Michigan
Spotted lanternfly was added to Michigan’s invasive species watch list in 2018. What makes this colorful insect a threat to our state? What can be done to prevent it? Learn how local and national collaboration helps Michigan’s Invasive Species Program determine which species are real threats and then prepare for their potential arrival. Hear from presenter Rob Miller, an invasive species prevention and response specialist for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development who is leading Michigan’s spotted lanternfly response.
April 20, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Not in MI waters: Responding to watchlist aquatic plants in Michigan
What happens when a new invasive plant is found in Michigan waters? That’s when a special team of biologists and technicians grab their waders, load their boats and get to work. Find out about the science of early detection and response (EDR), who is involved, and how Michigan’s aquatic invasive plant EDR initiative responds to emerging issues in waters across the state. Presenter Bill Keiper, an aquatic biologist with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, will share his field experience working with partners to control European frog-bit, parrot feather, and other recently introduced aquatic invasive plants. A question and answer period will follow.
Register today for our webinar on repairing water leaks in disadvantaged communities!
March 18, 12:00 PM
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is participating in Fix-a-Leak Week March 15-20 aimed at educating consumers and water providers on the importance of fixing plumbing leaks to save money on water and energy bills.
Underserved and under-represented communities are often disproportionately impacted by the health risks and economic costs of water leaks. Aging infrastructure and older homes contribute to energy and water waste. Water leaks in homes can impact overall water affordability for residents. Unaffordable water bills are a burden for residents and can lead to damaging outcomes, including water shutoffs.
In this webinar, panelists will discuss their role in repairing water leaks and restoring water access to residents in disadvantaged communities. Patrick Gubry, Conservation Manager at Wayne Metro Community Action Agency (CAA), will share lessons learned from their water conservation and water access repair programs. Adrienne Bennett, President and CEO of Benkari Plumbing and Water Conservation, will discuss ongoing work to repair water leaks in disadvantaged communities through water conservation efforts with Wayne Metro CAA and now the Water Leak Pilot in Highland Park.
Who should attend?
Community partners and action agencies, water suppliers, non-profits, and local governments.