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Lake Michigan Basin Webinar Series

In order to coincide with the development of the 2020-2024 Lake Michigan Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP), IDEM and partner organizations have planned a series of webinars targeted at the broad range of organizations working on watershed protection and restoration efforts within the Lake Michigan basin. Webinars will take place every two weeks via Zoom between the months of October and February and are anticipated to run approximately one hour in length, unless otherwise stated. All webinars will be recorded and posted for later playback.

Who Should Attend

The primary goals of the webinar series are to:

  1. Provide education about tools and programs available to watershed groups and others to assist with implementation of watershed protection and restoration efforts.
  2. Improve communication and information sharing among watershed groups in Indiana’s portion of the Lake Michigan basin.
  3. Better connect groups operating in the western portion of the basin (the Coastal Region) with the eastern portion (the St. Joseph River Basin).

The webinar series is designed to serve a broad audience. Groups specifically encouraged to attend include, but are not limited to:

  • Watershed groups operating under an IDEM-approved watershed management plan
  • Municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) coordinators
  • Nonprofit organizations, such as environmental organizations and land trusts involved in watershed protection and restoration efforts
  • Members of the public involved in watershed protection and restoration efforts

Certain webinars likely have statewide applicability. In this case, interested parties outside the Lake Michigan basin are invited to attend. The geographic region to which the webinar applies may be found in the schedule below.

Subscribing to Updates

Interested parties may register to be alerted, via text or email, of updates to this webpage, including changes to the webinar schedule and the posting of presentations and recordings.

Submitting Questions for the Speakers

Attendees are encouraged to submit questions to IDEM in advance regarding a particular webinar topic. To ensure your question is properly addressed, please use the following subject line in the email:

Lake MI Webinar, Session #__.

Please see the Webinar Schedule for session information.

Webinar Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, presentations are planned for the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (CT) / 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)

  • Session 1: Introduction to Lake Michigan Watershed Webinar Series / Introduction to Watersheds and IDEM Watershed Management Section
  • Session 2: Indiana Clean Marina and Clean Boating Programs
    • Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    • Presenter(s): Michelle Caldwell, IDEM Lake Michigan Basin Indiana Clean Marina Program Coordinator and Karen Teliha, IDEM Downstate Clean Marina Program Coordinator
    • Applicability: Statewide
    • Zoom Link
    • Call-in: (312) 626-6799
    • Meeting ID: 995 5497 1083
    • Passcode: 245129
  • Session 3: Northwest Indiana Urban Waters Federal Partnership
    • Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
    • Presenter(s): Jennifer Birchfield, NWI Urban Waters Federal Partnership Coordinator and Lynne Westphal, U.S. Forest Service Research Social Scientist
    • Applicability: Northwest Indiana
    • Zoom Link
    • Call-in: (312) 626-6799
    • Meeting ID: 948 6837 9296
    • Passcode: 493147
  • Session 4: Natural Resources Conservation Service and Soil and Water Conservation Districts
    • Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
    • Presenter(s): Randy Dickson, NRCS Interim Area Conservationist (Tentative) and Nicole Messacar, LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District Education Coordinator
    • Applicability: Statewide
    • Zoom Link
    • Call-in: (312) 626-6799
    • Meeting ID: 972 7822 3181
    • Passcode: 921959
  • Session 5: Lake Michigan Coastal Program
    • Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
    • Presenter(s): Jenny Orsburn, IN DNR Lake Michigan Coastal Program Manager
    • Applicability: Northwest Indiana
    • Zoom Link
    • Call-in: (312) 626-6799
    • Meeting ID: 941 1038 3727
    • Passcode: 570722
  • Session 6: Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems and Watershed Groups
    • Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (CT) / 2:00 PM to 3:30 pm (ET).
    • Presenter(s): Reggie Korthals, MS4 Specialist at Butler, Fairman & Seufert, Inc.; Northwest Indiana Storm Water Advisory Group speaker (Tentative); Michiana Stormwater Partnership speaker (Tentative); Staci Goodwin, IDEM MS4 Coordinator and Angie Brown, IDEM Watershed Planning and Restoration Section Chief
    • Applicability: Statewide, although portions will be focused on northern Indiana
    • Zoom Link
    • Call-in: (312) 626-6799
    • Meeting ID: 953 0593 0849
    • Passcode: 548577
  • Session 7: Lake Michigan LAMP and other Lakewide Initiatives
    • Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
    • Presenter(s): Elizabeth Hinchey Malloy, U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office Lake Michigan LAMP Program Coordinator and Michael Spinar, IDEM LAMP Program Coordinator
    • Applicability: Northern Indiana / Lake Michigan Basin
    • Zoom Link
    • Call-in: (312) 626-6799
    • Meeting ID: 997 6115 7418
    • Passcode: 732516
  • Session 8: State Commissions and Groups Involved in Great Lakes Basin Water Resources Management
    • Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    • Presenter(s): Matt Meersman, St. Joseph River Basin Commission; NIRPC speaker (Potential); Little Calumet River Basin Commission speaker (Potential); East Chicago Waterway Management District speaker (Potential); Michiana Area Council of Governments speaker (Potential); Maumee River Basin Commission speaker (Potential)
    • Applicability: Northern Indiana / Lake Michigan Basin
    • Zoom Link
    • Call-in: (312) 626-6799
    • Meeting ID: 934 2143 3531
    • Passcode: 987054
  • Session 9: Watershed Group Meet and Greet
    • Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
    • Presenter(s): Watershed Management Groups within the Lake Michigan Basin
    • Applicability: Northern Indiana / Lake Michigan Basin
    • Zoom Link
    • Call-in: (312) 626-6799
    • Meeting ID: 933 6222 9029
    • Passcode: 994035
  • Session 10: Indiana’s Streams and Wetland Mitigation Program
    • Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
    • Presenter(s): Carl Wodrich, IN DNR Assistant Director of Division of Land Acquisition and Marty Maupin, IDEM Wetlands and Stormwater Section Northwest Region Project Manager
    • Applicability: Statewide
    • Zoom Link
    • Call-in: (312) 626-6799
    • Meeting ID: 993 9696 1047
    • Passcode: 314881

Questions

Please contact the IDEM LAMP Program Coordinator with any questions regarding the webinar series.

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