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Delegation gets Great Lakes update

New Michigan Sea Grant Director Don Scavia wants the University to have some say in plans currently before Congress to restore the Great Lakes. Scavia and his colleagues met in Washington March 4 to update the Michigan delegation on developments in Great Lakes research and education at U-M.

Congress is considering how to go about a major restoration of the Great Lakes, much as was done in the Everglades in recent years. Scavia said Michigan Sea Grant hopes to play a role in defining what that restoration ought to include.

Scavia told Capitol Hill staff members that he will look to expand the number and size of partnerships that U-M and Michigan Sea Grant use to conduct their activities in the state.

He updated the delegation on the Sea Grant program at U-M, which focuses on making grants for research on the Great Lakes as well as educating the public, particularly school children in Michigan, about issues related to the lakes.

He also emphasized that the program—which is run in conjunction with Michigan State University—provides extension agents around the state to help deal with local Great Lakes concerns.

Michigan Sea Grant receives funding through the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is one of 30 such state programs around the nation.

Scavia was joined by Steve Brandt of the Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab and Jim Johnson of the U.S. Geological Survey at the briefing for staff of Michigan House members. Similar discussions also were held with staff members of Michigan's two U.S. senators.

For more information about Michigan Sea Grant, contact Scavia at

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