IJNR Workshop: The Great Lakes and the Federal Budget

Event Date: 
August 6, 2017 to August 7, 2017
The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources invites journalists to join us in Milwaukee on August 6 and 7, 2017, for a workshop exploring the federal budget proposal and its potential impact in the Great Lakes. 
NOTE: Lodging deadline is July 17. Lodging is included, along with meals, with the $25 registration fee. Journalists that don't require lodging can still register until the 20-person cap is reached.
Participants will:
  • Get up-to-speed on the current federal budget proposal and what funding cuts would mean for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the Sea Grant program and communities around the Great Lakes Basin.
  • Board the Neeskay research vessel at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences for a trip on Lake Michigan to see first-hand how scientists study and monitor the lakes.
  • Hear from scientists, resource managers and policy experts as they explain how the GLRI works and what it funds - from aquatic invasive species prevention to clean up efforts in Areas of Concern.
  • Meet with Wisconsin's Sea Grant representatives and explore their role in fostering basic research, sharing information with the public, and promoting healthy and resilient communities and economies in the Great Lakes.
  • Discuss ways to reach bigger audiences and tell better stories when science, environment and politics intersect.
Confirmed speakers:
  • J. Val Klump - dean, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Jennifer Hauxwell - assistant director for research and student engagement, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
  • Molly Flanagan - vice president for policy, Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • Tim Campbell - aquatic invasive species outreach specialist, UW Extension/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The workshop will begin with a dinner on Sunday, August 6 and end by 5pm on Monday, August 7. There is a $25 registration fee that will cover lodging on the night of August 6 as well as dinner that night and breakfast and lunch the following day.

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