HIT Model Workshop
Better information leads to better decisions
Muskegon River Watershed
Annis Water Resources Institute
Grand Valley State University
you to sign up for the
available at a
to be held
Friday, October 22
, 2010 from 2:00
The workshop will be
on the campus of
Ferris State University
Please RSVP (see below) before
Tuesday, October 19
Directions and other information will be provided
following your RSVP. Share this invitation with others in the watershed.
purpose of this workshop
is to explain how to use the
High Impact Targeting (HIT) model
developed by Institute of
at Michigan State University
an online tool that helps prioritize the
for best management
he workshop will provide a
to actively explore the HIT Model. The model can be used to
level maps showing
high risk areas of erosion and sediment loading,
total erosion or sediment load, rate of
erosion or sediment loading, and the cost of various
best management practices
Finally, participants will
the HIT Model
stakeholders who make decisions about soil
conservation and non
point pollution prevention measures
What is a Model?
Why do we use models? What can we learn from models?
Review how models are
developed and how they’ve been us
ed to support decisions. Provide examples of models
that have been used in various ways, from predicting daily weather to estimating the long
term impacts of climate change. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using models.
Provide information on
how to judge the usefulness of models.
What is the
How does sedimentation threaten water quality in our waterways? How can the HIT
Model be used to manage the problem of erosion and sedimentation from agricultural
Describe how the
HIT model can help solve the problem.
Review assumptions used in
Provide examples of how the model could be used to d
entering waterways from agricultural/rural sites. Outline how the model encourages best
for sediment and erosion control among farmers, conservation
agency staff, and others.
Illustrate model advantages, such as helping set priorities in their
optimizing sedimentation reduction efforts
assisting with restoration
proving water quality.
How to Use the
How can the HIT Model be used in my neck of the woods?
Engage your curiosity.
Participate in the hands
on use of the model and its potential applicability to controlling
erosion and sedimentation. A
computer and Internet access will be provided to use the
model. Tailor pollution solutions to fit with your insights on local practices, economic
realities, and social conditions. Evaluate the model and share your impressions.
To RSVP and for more infor