What: Watershed 2000 Conference will explore national and international challenges of managing watersheds. The conference will bring together environmental professionals for a showcase on integrated resource management and environmental protection principles using watershed-based approaches. For more information contact: Water Environment Federation’s Member Services Center: Phone: 800-666-0206 or 703-684-2452, e-mail:

When: July 9 to 12

Where: Vancouver, British Columbia


What: Grand River Expedition 2000 is a 13-day canoe journey and river study to document the values, problems, and opportunities of the Grand River and its watershed to foster awareness and responsibility for the river. For more information contact: Mike Smith, e-mail:, website: www.grand-

When: July 15-27

Where: Liberty, Michigan


What: Michigan River Network will hold its Annual Meeting to plan for the coming years and provide workshops on membership and grant-writing. One highlight of the meeting will be the signing of the Michigan River Declaration to articulate members’ commitments to protecting rivers throughout the state of Michigan.

When: July 29, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Where: Ralph A. MacMullan Center, Roscommon Michigan

For more information or a registration form contact:

Jill Ryan

Michigan River Network

c/o Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

P.O. Box 300

Conway, MI 49722




Pass the Paddle

Boaters and state and national officials are “passing the paddle” from state to state along rivers forming state boundaries or flowing from state to state. The paddle’s journey began on April 1, 2000 and will visit all 50 states and rivers shared by Canada and Mexico over seven months. The program, part of Rivers 2000, is expected to result in 50 new citizen grassroots organizations being formed that are dedicated to river protection and restoration. In addition, 100 or more existing river groups are anticipated to expand or be re-dedicated.

To learn more about Rivers 2000, the Pass the Paddle event, or to learn when and where the paddle will pass through your state, check the Rivers 2000 website at

Dates the paddle will reach each of the Great Lakes States:

Saturday, July 15

Minnesota (Red River)

Tuesday, August 8

Illinois (Mississippi River)

Saturday, August 12

Indiana (Wabash River)

Tuesday, August 15

Michigan (St. Joseph River) Ontario (Detroit River)

Saturday, August 19

Ohio (Bean Creek of the Maumee River)

Tuesday, August 22

Pennsylvania (Ohio River)

Saturday, August 26

New York (Susquehanna River)


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