The Iron County Citizen’s Forum is sponsoring an education program on the water resources 09.05.13

The Iron County Citizen’s Forum is sponsoring an education program on the water resources of the Bad River watershed. The focus is to provide more information about the proposed mining in the Penokee Hills and the effects it may have on the Bad River, it’s tributary streams and the Kakagon Slough.

Two speakers will share the podium, both with in-depth knowledge of the river system.

Matt Hudson, Watershed Program Coordinator at Northland College, has extensive background in water resources and water chemistry.

Tony Janisch is the Executive Director of the Bad River Watershed Association (BRWA). BRWA is a non-profit education and research organization that was founded in 2002. Its goal is to promote a healthy relationship between the people and natural communities of the Bad River Watershed. The program will be held on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Oma Town Hall.

Topics for the program include an introduction to the water resources in the headwater streams, wetlands and the lower stretches of the Bad River. Speakers will share information from trout streams characteristics, to unique qualities of the Kakagon Slough, to current conservation concerns in the watershed. This program will provide facts and information to consider as we deliberate and form our own opinions about ferrous mining in the region. Tony Janisch will discuss the volunteer program at the Bad River Watershed Association and ways you can get involved. Neither Northland College nor BRWA has taken a position on the proposed open pit iron mine.

Hudson has a Bachelor of Science in water chemistry and a Master of Science in water resource science. He has worked on a number of projects in the Lake Superior basin.

Janisch has a B.S. in natural resource management and M.S. in outdoor recreation administration. He has over 20 years experience in environmental education and conservation in the Great Lakes Region.

The purpose of the Iron County Citizen’s Forum is to provide Iron County citizens with a venue for learning, discussion and participation relating to activities and events that affect Iron County residents in a significant way, with a special emphasis on natural and cultural resources and sustainable development. The group is non-political and the program is free and open to the public. The Oma Town Hall is located on Highway 51, a few miles south of Hurley, on the west side of the highway.

For more information on the Iron County Citizen’s Forum please contact Terry Daulton at 715-476-3530.