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Special Coastal Resiliency Training Workshops

Held on October 25, November 1, and November 15, 2017

Changes to lake levels and climate are forcing coastal communities to reevaluate how they manage land use, new development and infrastructure. These three no-cost workshops were intended to teach local and regional planners, planning commissioners, elected officials, municipal staff and interested citizens in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties how to address these dynamic challenges and bring greater resiliency to their communities.

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Workshop One: Introduction to Coastal Dynamics and Resiliency

Wednesday, October 25, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Featured Presentations:

Resilient Michigan Overview
Harry Burkholder, Executive Director
Land Information Access Association (LIAA)

Great Lakes Coastal Dynamics
Dr. Guy Meadows, Director
Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University

What Makes a Great Lakes Coastal Community “Resilient,” and How to Plan for One?
Dr. Richard Norton, Professor
University of Michigan

Historical and Projected Future Climatic Trends in the Great Lakes Region
Dr. Jeffrey Andresen, State Climatologist
Michigan State University

Workshop Two: Understanding and Gathering Coastal Data

Wednesday, November 1, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

The Geomorphology and Evolution of Lake Michigan Coastal Dunes
Dr. Alan Arbogast, Chair
Department of Geography, Michigan State University

Using  Scenario Planning to Map High-Risk Flood Areas and Consider Other Coastal Resources
Dr. Richard Norton, Professor
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Workshop Three: Using Coastal Data to Impact Local Planning

Wednesday, November 15, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Anthropogenic Impact(s) to Lake Michigan Shorelines
John Yellich, Director
Michigan Geological Survey, Western Michigan University

Using Scenario Planning to Assess Land Use, Fiscal, and Environmental Impacts
Dr. Richard Norton and Zach Rable
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

How to Conduct Vulnerability Assessments
Harry Burkholder, Executive Director
Land Information Access Association (LIAA)