U-M Hosting Two-Day Environmental Conference, Examines Changing Great Lakes Water Levels

Mar 26, 2014

Scientists and policy makers are descended on Ann Arbor Wednesday to focus the numerous challenges facing the Great Lakes.

The two-day conference is being hosted by the University of Michigan Biological Station and will focus on declining water levels and the effect of climate change on the Great Lakes.

Howard Lerner is the Executive Director of the  Environmental Law & Policy Center of Chicago, the group responsible for organizing the event.

"Too often, scientists are writing terrific research papers that appear in journals and get a little bit of public airing." Abernathy said. "Policy makers are making policies and getting a little bit of science and that.  We want to bring the two together."

Lerner says declining water levels and the effects of climate change are putting a great deal of stress on the Great Lakes, and much needs to be done to help them recover.