Great Lakes Loses Advocate Lee Botts
Lee Botts, a true Great Lakes advocate passed away this weekend at 91. Lee was instrumental in getting important legislation passed including the Clean Water Act and Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Even more impactful was her work to found several organizations over the years committed to helping protect and improve the health of the Great Lakes, including the Lake Michigan Federation (now Alliance for the Great Lakes). In fact, without Lee’s work, Freshwater Future may not exist. Lee was a seemingly tireless advocate for protecting our waters. She stood for the health of waters before that was mainstream, and continued throughout her life. Freshwater Future recognized Lee as a Freshwater Hero in 2018. She will be sorely missed from the movement.