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      Climate change weighs into Marquette master plan

      The Lakeview Arena in Marquette was the place to talk about climate change and its local impact Wednesday night. It was part of a collaborative effort between the city of Marquette and the Superior Watershed Partnership to address regional impacts of climate change.

      At the meeting, the majority of people were concerned with our local water resources. Officials say the decline of annual ice cover on Lake Superior could have a dramatic impact on our climate. People broke into focus groups and discussed issues of land use, food, forests and much more.

      "Government, of course, set up policy and adopt ordinances that affect issues relating to changing and resources, and so citizen input in that process is valuable," said Brad Nuemann of the Michigan State University Extension office.

      The ideas and solutions created during the focus group will be included in a report for the Marquette city master plan.