2006 Symposium Success

2006 Symposium Success

2006 Symposium Success

We were once again very pleased with this year’s symposium! Thank you so much to everyone who was able to make it and for those of you who couldn’t you were missed! Approximately 60 advocates gathered at Algoma University College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. People car-pooled, flew and bused from as far away as up-state New York/Toronto and Thunder Bay/Duluth. Workshops included: Technology for Non-Profits, Fundraising, Stormwater Best Management Practices, and Values-Based Communications.

Congratulations to Judy Treml!

This year we were honored to present the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund Grassroots Citizen-Advocate Award to Judy Treml of Luxembourg, Wisconsin (Brent Denzin of Midwest Environmental Advocates accepted the award on Judy’s behalf as she was unable to attend the symposium).

The Department of Natural Resources in Wisconsin has been working for over four years to adopt tighter regulations for the largest animal operations to control the runoff of liquid manure from frozen or otherwise saturated soils. The Tremls had a terrible experience in which one of these large operations contaminated their drinking water well (as well as a nearby stream) with liquid manure that had run off of adjacent fields. They and their small children, the youngest of which was six months old, became deathly ill. With Midwest Environmental Advocates, the Tremls successfully sued the large farm operation and recovered damages for their well and medical costs. Judy and her husband did not stop there. At great time and personal expense they became the strongest advocates for the regulations to ensure that no other parent need take their six-month-old to the emergency room. Judy has become an incredibly effective spokesperson for reasonable manure regulations. She has testified at hearings, spoken to media, educated many neighbors and groups, and organized other mothers to advocate for the health of their families.

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Grassroots Symposium 2007

Next year we’ll be in the Lake Michigan Basin; we hope that you can join us!

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