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FLOW's Webinar on Managing High Water & High Tension along the Great Lakes Shoreline
The public is invited to join FLOW (For Love of Water) on Tues., June 29, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Eastern for a webinar that will provide frontline, scientific, regulatory, and legal insights into efforts at the state and local level to manage high water and high tension along Michigan’s Great Lakes shoreline.

While Great Lakes waters have receded from their 2019-2020 historic high levels, surface waters remain higher than their long-term average—except for Lake Ontario. Concerns remain regarding high water levels, construction of seawalls and other armoring, and impacts to public and private property, the environment and wildlife, and the public trust rights of people to safely access the shoreline and water.

FLOW Founder and Senior Legal Advisor Jim Olson will introduce the topic and moderate the co-panelist presentations and question-and-answer session with attendees.

Co-panelists will include:
* Jerrod Sanders, Assistant Director in the Water Resources Division of the
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
* David Bunte, Supervisor of Chikaming Township in Berrien County in
Southwest Lower Michigan
* Scott Howard, Attorney and Partner, at the law firm of Olson, Bzdok, &
Howard in Traverse City

Register by completing the fields below. Scroll down to learn more about the co-panelists. Visit www.ForLoveOfWater.org to learn more about FLOW. Thank you!

Jun 29, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jerrod Sanders
Assistant Director in the Water Resources Division @Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Jerrod Sanders has been a leader in the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (formerly the MDEQ) since 2012. Sanders earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University and an Master of Science in Agriculture Technology and Systems Management focused on Environmental Issues and Hydrology from Michigan State University.
David Bunte
Supervisor @Chikaming Township in Berrien County in Southwest Lower Michigan
A graduate of Illinois State University with an emphasis on marketing and advertising, David Bunte has spent a majority of his career in the customer service industry, including sales and management in the hospitality field in Chicago and South Miami Beach. Elected as Chikaming Township Supervisor in 2016 and re-elected in 2020, Bunte continues to manage and promote the region as a premier tourism area. Infrastructure improvements, environmental protections, and upgrading the quality of life for residents and visitors, are his focus for the region’s future. David’s professional affiliations include being on the board of the Best Practices Committee of the Strategic Leadership Council of Southwest Michigan, the Leadership Committee of Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum, Chairman of the Board of the Galien River Sanitary District and an active member of the Harbor Country and Southwest Michigan Chambers of Commerce.
Scott Howard
Attorney @Olson, Bzdok & Howard
Scott Howard is an attorney at Olson, Bzdok & Howard, where he specializes in environmental law, real estate law, municipal law, zoning, conservation easements, and natural resource protection. He has worked extensively on riparian matters and the preservation of shoreline resources over the past 24 years. Before joining the firm, Howard spent two years clerking for the Honorable Michael F. Cavanagh, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Scott is a cum laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School and the James Madison College at Michigan State University.