By Jamie Morton
Along a remote stretch of shoreline in Benzie County, MI, members of the Partner Network, an alliance of grassroots and regional groups, gathered in September to build partnerships for Great Lakes restoration.
Hosted by the Alliance for the Great Lakes, with support from the Joyce Foundation and Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, more than 30 individuals participated in Summit 2005 at the historic Inn atWatervale on Lower Herring Lake.
The summit kicked off with updates on important Great Lakes policy initiatives, including: Great Lakes Restoration, Great Lakes Water Use Policies, and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
The groups also explored existing partnerships within the region that are resulting in real, on-the-ground restoration. By the close of the summit, each group had created plans for a restoration project within their respective communities, and some also developed blueprints to pursue other restoration partnerships.