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Michigan Rivers Before European Settlement
Date and Time:05/23/2012 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Location:Lake Superior Hall, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, Ann Arbor
Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab
James Selegean, USACE-Detroit District
Many of the rivers that are familiar to Michiganders would have been unrecognizable 200 years ago. Urban rivers such as the Clinton, Rouge and Huron have lost their forest cover and have been largely paved. Dams, levees and concrete channels have further added to their alteration. Similarly, agricultural watersheds, such as the St. Joseph, Grand and Saginaw, have experienced a nearly complete conversion to agronomy.
This seminar will provide insight into what the rivers in Michigan were like before European settlement. This insight is gained by drawing on a diverse collection of data sources, including the journals of the early explorers, historic government maps, documents, surveys, paintings and postcards. Quantitative insight was obtained through the application of a numerical model to simulate sediment and water yield under both pre- and post-European settlement conditions.
The seminar is also available remotely as a webinar. To reserve your seat, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/602088522. After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the webinar. System requirements for attendees using a PC are Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 server. System requirements for attendees using a Macintosh are Mac OS X 10.5 or newer.