I am thrilled and honored to be serving as GLAHNF’s Lake Advisor for the US side of Lake Huron! I joined the Tip of the MittWatershed Council in October 2003, shortly after earning a bachelor’s degree in May 2003 from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment in Environmental Policy.While in school, I was fortunate to work with the Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner on the Community Partners for Clean Streams program and as a communications intern with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. I also spent a summer researching the effects of elevated carbon dioxide on secondary defense chemicals of the canola plant at the U of M Biological Station. Following an incredible semester studying the ecology and environmental policy of New Zealand, I had a profound realization of how special my own spot on the globe was.With a strong desire to not contribute to the state’s “brain drain” by taking my talents elsewhere, I set my sights on protecting home. I was overjoyed at the opportunity to “getmy feet wet”in the realm of local, state, and Great Lakes environmental policy and advocacy by taking a position with the Watershed Council.
Founded in 1979, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is the voice for northern Michigan’s waters. We are dedicated to protecting our lakes, streams, wetlands, and ground water through respected advocacy, innovative education, technically sound water quality monitoring, and thorough research.We achieve our mission by empowering others and we believe in the capacity to make a positive difference.We work locally, regionally, and throughout the Great Lakes Basin to achieve our goals. The Watershed Council is extremely fortunate to have over 2,000 members whose contributions make our important work possible year after year.
Since joining the Watershed Council, I have worked diligently to re-energize the Michigan Wetland Action Coalition (MWAC) to utilize the power of the internet to mobilize the efforts of concerned citizens in promoting sound wetland protection policies for Michigan. MWAC is currently working hardest to stop attacks on Michigan’s Wetland Protection Act in the name of “beach grooming.” I have had the pleasure of serving as the Michigan Hub for GLAHNF since November, and am confident the GLAHNF reorganization will more effectively provide the networking and funding assistance needed by Great Lakes grassroots groups.
I look forward to working with grassroots groups in the US side of the Lake Huron basin. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding GLAHNF, grant applications, or aquatic habitat resource protection.