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      Focusing on Great Lakes concerns

      The University of Michigan will host dozens of Great Lakes researchers, advocates and policymakers this week at its Ann Arbor campus.

      They'll be in town for a meeting of the Great Lakes Futures Project on Wednesday.

      The consortium of universities and institutions in the U.S. and Canada are developing plans for long-term research projects to protect and restore the Great Lakes.

      More than 75 Great Lakes researchers and others are expected to attend this week's meeting, hosted by the U-M Water Center.

      Participants will discuss forces that shaped the Great Lakes region in the past and those that will shape it over the next half-century, including climate change, energy, economics, water quantity, biological and chemical contaminants, invasive species and demographics.