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September 25, 2015, 5:00 pm–6:30 pmFree
Join us to celebrate the start of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation and to hear short presentations from the Center’s directors, Dr. Randy Lehr and Peter Annin.
5-6 p.m. Presentations on the Campus Mall (free)
6-6:30 p.m. Reception/Cocktails (free)
6:30 Harvest Trail Dinner ($50/person-FULL.)
Randy Lehr: Life on Lake Superior in a Changing Climate
Randy Lehr will discuss the influence of climate change on environmental management and community planning throughout the Lake Superior region. This presentation will summarize recent findings from research through the Chequamegon Bay and Apostle Islands ecosystem and discuss how regional communities might be impacted by, and adapt to, future climate conditions.
Peter Annin: Water Tension and The Great Lakes Compact
Peter Annin will delve into the long history of political maneuvers and water diversion schemes that have proposed sending Great Lakes water everywhere from Akron to Arizona—and analyzes several noteworthy diversions that already exist, and sheds light on potential water diversions of the future, including the water diversion application submitted by Waukesha, Wisconsin in 2010. A decision on the Waukesha water diversion application is expected in late 2015 or early 2016.