Director’s Notes: Taking the Boat Out of the Harbor

Director’s Notes: Taking the Boat Out of the Harbor

Jill Ryan, Executive Director

When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I know it is not easy to get involved. It is most definitely not safe to ask the tough questions. In fact it can be down-right scary!

But that is exactly what Sandy Bihn, our Grassroots Advocate Award recipient has done over several years. Sandy has always taken that risk, asked the tough questions, and gotten involved to make her community better. Sandy was concerned that the power plant in Maumee Bay was impacting the health of the Lake Erie fishery. She started asking questions. The answers to those questions now have Sandy pushing for permit revisions to reduce fish kills.

Similarly, it certainly hasn’t been easy for Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, our Grassroots Group Advocate Award recipient to demand that existing zoning regulations be applied, followed and enforced on sensitive coastal dunes and wetlands. Thanks to their willingness to take action, they are helping to protect critical habitat and make our Great Lakes region a great place.

In this issue alone there are several more examples of why it is essential that we “take the boat out of the harbor,” take risks, and take action. So thank you for getting involved, asking questions, writing letters, signing petitions, attending meetings and TAKING ACTION. I am grateful for all your efforts to help protect our Great Lakes.



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