About The Lake Michigan Watershed Academy
The Lake Michigan Watershed Academy was launched in March 2003 with the purpose of the instructing Regional Planning Commissions on environmental issues and challenges facing Lake Michigan. Additionally, the Watershed Academy introduced many of attendees to the concept of watershed planning and provided guidance on implementing watershed planning at the local level. Since the initial meeting, the Lake Michigan Watershed Academy has grown into a dynamic peer group that addresses the challenges of translating large scale watershed data to local governments that are divided by political boundaries. Ultimately, the goal of the Lake Michigan Watershed Academy is to provide a “packaging and delivery system” that brings together the tools, data, and expertise of many federal, state, local and tribal agencies, as well as environmental organizations and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
The Lake Michigan Watershed Academy provides Regional Planning Commissions with the opportunity to share their work, experience, and ideas on regional issues of importance to Lake Michigan and the Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP). As a result, Regional Planning Commissions are better equipped to conduct outreach and distribute information to local constituencies and make planning decisions that improve the ecosystem health of Lake Michigan. The Watershed Academy is supported by the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office to promote and strives to meet the goals of the Lake Michigan LaMP. The Delta Institute has facilitated the Watershed Academy since 2008.