Michigan City is getting pretty good at this environmental thing. The city's sixth annual Conference on the Environment attracted more than 200 visitors as part of the celebration of Coastal Awareness Month.
The primary purpose of the event is to “provide information about the Great Lakes, Indiana and federal environmental programs, and many of the projects being implemented in Michigan City and Northwest Indiana," said Michael Kuss, general manager of the Michigan City Sanitation District.
"We try to focus on positive stories and educational outreach," he said.
Many positive comments were received from attendees of the free conference at Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa on June 7, presented as part of the Sanitation District’s MS4 Public Education and Outreach Program, Kuss said.
“Attendees range from local citizens to regulators to industrial representatives to environmentalists. Typically, attendees are many local and regional folks, but each year we have attendees from surrounding states, such as Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky,” he said.
This year's focus was Great Lakes and Conservation. During the day-long event, speakers gave presentations including “The Environmental Change Grand Challenge” by Janet McCabe of the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University, and the “History of Sheridan Beach” by consulting geologist Harvey Pokorny.