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May 2014 Newsletter

A Closer Look #139

John Koches

AWRI Researcher Wins Sustainability Award

John Koches, who recently celebrated his 25-year anniversary at Grand Valley's Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon, has been awarded the 2014 Individual Sustainability Champion Award by the Muskegon Area Sustainability Coalition.

Koches has been involved in sustainability initiatives in West Michigan for more than two decades, including the creation of the Muskegon Area Sustainability Coalition, involvement in the West Michigan Strategic Alliance, and the creation of the West Michigan Community Sustainability Partnership (CSP).

He also was recently named the chair of the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds.

LMC Activities

Bopi Biddanda chaired a special session Transitions at the waters edge: changing carbon and nutrient cycling in coastal ecosystems at IAGLR on May 30.

John Koches chaired/hosted the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) Spring Forum at the Grand Rapids Museum on May 2.

John Koches was invited by Grand Rapids Mayor Heartwell to be a member of the River Corridor Planning Committee.

Rick Rediske attended a Green Infrastructure Conference in Lansing on May 8  9.

Carl Ruetz, Kevin Strychar, Ryan Thum, and Anthony Weinke staffed a table for AWRI and the Muskegon Lake Observatory at the GVSU Alumni Lakeshore Event held in Muskegon on May 14.

Al Steinman was invited to be a member of the steering committee for the Lake Erie lake-scale planning project, being led by the University of Michigan.

Al Steinman was invited to be a member of the executive committee for NOAAs Habitat Blueprint process for Muskegon Lake.

Janet Vail provided the welcoming remarks at the annual West Michigan Clean Air Coalition luncheon in Grand Rapids on May 2; she is chair of that group.

Janet Vail represented AWRI at the Groundswell Student Showcase held on May 14 in Grand Rapids.

Janet Vail attended the annual Project WET Community Water Festival in Big Rapids on May 28.

Presentations & Publications

(When citing presentations, the presenter is first listed. When citing articles or presentations, AWRI staff are bolded, graduate students are denoted with a *, and undergraduate students are denoted with **.)

AWRI was represented at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (JASM) held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR from May 18  23. In attendance were Brian Giordano, Dave Janetski, Jim McNair, Carl Ruetz, Lindsey Schulte, James Smit, Al Steinman and Ryan Thum. AWRI presentations are listed below:
Gillett, N.D., A.D. Steinman, and M. Weinert. Oral. Live diatoms as a bioassessment tool in an urban stream.
Giordano, B.* and M.R. Luttenton. Oral. Diel and seasonal movement of Brown Trout in the Au Sable River System, MI.
Janetski, D.J. and C.R. Ruetz III. Oral. Spatiotemporal patterns of fish community composition in drowned river mouth lakes of eastern Lake Michigan.
McNair, J.N., R.A. Thum, S. Parks*, and L. Schulte*. Oral. Modeling the spread of invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in northern lakes of the United States: contemporary evolution, environment, and management.
Nogaro, G. and A.D. Steinman (presenter). Oral. Alum application, invertebrate bioturbation, and sediment characteristics interact to affect nutrient fluxes in eutrophic wetlands.
Ruetz, C.R. III, D.J. Janetski, J.L. Woods*, J.C. Waller**, and J.N. McNair. Oral. Drift settling rates of benthic macroinvertebrates: evaluating turbulent transport dynamics of particles in streams.
Schulte, L.* and R.A. Thum. Poster. Genetic variation for 2,4-D sensitivity in watermilfoil.
Smit, J.T.* and A.D. Steinman. Oral. Sediment nutrient flux in response to hydrologic reconnection and climate warming.
Thum, R., D. Grimm**, and J.N. McNair. Oral. Hybridization and rapid evolution of invasiveness in a heavily managed invasive aquatic plant species.

AWRI was represented at the annual International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) Conference held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario from May 26  30. In attendance was Bopi Biddanda. AWRI presentations are listed below:
Biddanda B. A., A. D. Weinke**, and S. Kendall. Oral. Systematically variable carbon metabolism in a Great Lakes coastal zone.
Gronewald, A. and A.D. Steinman. Oral. Common drivers behind long-term water level variability and ecosystem function along Earths longest freshwater coast.

Scott Kendall presented on the topic of Biology, Limnology and Environmental Science, at Grandville Middle School's Career Day on May 1.

Al Steinman presented about Michigans Blue Economy at an LGROW meeting in Grand Rapids on May 2.

Al Steinman presented on AWRI at a meeting of the GVSU Business & Finance in Allendale on May 6.

Kevin Strychar gave a presentation titled Automated Shipboard Underwater Microscopy + eDNA (ASUME) for preventing release of invasive species from ship ballast water at the Muskegon Port Advisory Committee meeting held on April 22.

Maggie Weinert presented at a career fair/job shadow day at Muskegon Middle School on May 2.

Awards & Recognition

There were no Awards or Recognition items this month.

Grants & Contracts

There were no new grants or contracts this month.

AWRI in the News

Former GVU Foundation director and longtime AWRI supporter dies
GVNow, May 5, 2014 This article is about the passing of Victoria Verplank, who was a supporter of GVSU and AWRI.