Van Buren Conference Center
490 S. Paw Paw Street
Lawrence, MI 49064
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Protecting Michigan’s Inland Lakes: Lake and Wetland Protection Tools for Local Government

Michigan has 11,000 inland lakes and over 1,850 units of government who share a role in keeping those lakes clean for future generations. Four workshops will be held in Michigan during the summer of 2015 to help local officials and concerned citizens understand the benefits of inland lakes to communities, the regulations that govern them, and the opportunities for enhancing protection at the local level.

Workshop dates and locations:
• August 3: Kensington Metropark Farm Center, 2128 W. Buno Rd., Milford (Oakland County)
• August 6: North Central Michigan College Library Conference Center, 1515 Howard St., Petoskey (Emmet County)
• August 10: Van Buren Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence (Van Buren County)

Each workshop will be held from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM and lunch will be provided. The fee is $20 per person and registration is required 10 days prior to each workshop. Topics will include: the importance of inland lakes and wetlands, what you can do at the local level, natural features setbacks, existing legal framework, and how to get started in your community.

The workshops are funded in part with an EPA Wetlands Program Development Grant and are hosted by the Van Buren Conservation District with support from the Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, and MSU Extension.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Erin Fuller at 269-657-4030 x 112 or

Download a workshop brochure and a fill-able event registration form.

Download a flyer for the August 10th, Van Buren County workshop.