Coordination of conservation efforts crucial for St. Clair-Detroit River system to flourish, concludes study involving EMU researchers

YPSILANTI - Improved coordination of regional conservation efforts is crucial in order to help the Detroit River and western Lake Erie achieve a better future, concludes a report by Eastern Michigan researchers and other authorities.

The recently issued report, entitled “Coordinating Conservation in the St. Clair-Detroit River System,” arose out of the 2015 "State of the Strait" conference, held last December at EMU. The University played host to about 200 researchers, scientists, local authorities and citizens.

The report's recommendations include:

  • Aligning the goals, monitoring efforts, ecological indicators, and preferred outcomes of the various conservation strategies affecting the St. Clair-Detroit River system.
  • Utilization of centralized platforms for sharing conservation knowledge, data and progress regarding various conservation strategies affecting the St. Clair-Detroit River system.
  • Encouraging citizens to participate as partners in conservation efforts by encouraging youth involvement.

The report also discussed several conservation projects such as habitat restoration, biological inventories and water quality improvements.

State of the Strait is an international collaboration conference that brings together researchers, students, environmental and conservation organizations, government managers and concerned citizens to improve the management, research and monitoring of the stretch from Lake St. Clair to the western basin of Lake Erie. Visit the State of the Strait website to learn more or to read the report.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

October 05, 2016

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