Webinar on Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands: How Do We Reverse the Trends to Achieve Net Habitat Gain?
Join the International Joint Commission’s Water Quality Board Emerging Issues Work Group and the Great Lakes Coastal Assembly to discuss the challenges and opportunities to achieving net habitat gain for Great Lakes coastal wetlands.
Brief presentations will focus on the status and need to assess coastal wetlands, how to advance practices that enhance and expand them, and pilot efforts to set and track ecological targets. We also look forward to hearing your views on what actions are needed to reverse the trend in wetland loss and achieve net habitat gain in the Great Lakes.
- Jon Allan, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes
- Mike Goffin, Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Dennis Albert, Oregon State University
- Anne Garwood, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
- Chris May, The Nature Conservancy
- Chris Robinson, Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters
- Laura Bourgeau-Chavez, Michigan Technological University
- Brian Huberty, US Fish & Wildlife Service
- Christie Deloria, US Fish & Wildlife Service and Great Lakes Coastal Assembly
Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Net Habitat Gain Webinar
Hosted by the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board – Emerging Issues Work Group and the Great Lakes Coastal Assembly
December 19, 2018 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Eastern
- Discuss challenges and opportunities to advance achievement of “net habitat gain” (NHG) for Great Lakes coastal wetlands.
- Provide a forum for the exchange of information related to coastal wetland planning and implementation of policy, regulations and other conservation efforts.
- Enhance knowledge of binational efforts that evaluate, map, monitor, and track coastal wetlands ecosystems.
- Share successes and challenges in protecting wetlands, including identifying connections and opportunities for collaboration among participants.
- Provide new insight for consideration by the Emerging Issues Work Group and Great Lakes Coastal Assembly.
- Determine next steps and actions items to continue the dialogue following the webinar.
- Welcome and Purpose (5 mins) - (Facilitator)
- Emerging Issues Work Group Context (10 mins) - (Jon Allan, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes and Mike Goffin, Environment & Climate Change Canada)
- Status of the NHG principle under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
- Defining Coastal Wetlands (15 mins) - (Dennis Albert, Oregon State University)
- Wetland quantity and quality, dynamics, physical processes, and functions
- Policies, Regulations and Practices (30 mins) •
- What are some challenges and recommendations to achieve NHG while working within the existing policy and regulatory framework? (Anne Garwood, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality)
- What are the practices that are advancing NHG? (Chris May, The Nature Conservancy)
- Perspectives from Ontario (Chris Robinson, Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters)
- Coastal Wetland Indicators and Measurement (30 mins)
- State of the Great Lakes Reporting – status and needs of the coastal wetland aerial extent and composition sub-indicator (Laura Bourgeau-Chavez, Michigan Technological University)
- Binational efforts to identify and assess coastal wetlands using remote sensing – challenges and opportunities (Brian Huberty, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
- Pilot efforts to set and track ecological targets across jurisdictions/agencies - Great Lakes Coastal Assembly (Christie Deloria, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
- Group Question: Coastal Wetlands “Net Habitat Gain” Goal Considerations (15 mins) - (Facilitator)
- What actions do we need to focus more time and attention on to reverse the trends and achieve NHG?
- Reflection on Discussion (10 mins) - (Emerging Issues Work Group and Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 7 Representatives)
- Next Steps, Action Items & Adjourn (5 mins) - (Facilitator)