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This Week in the Great Lakes Town Hall...


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Each week we invite grassroots activists, artists, officials, physicians, parents, young people and others to offer insightful commentary on their Great Lakes experiences and views. Of course, we also invite you to comment on their thoughts.

This week, the Town Hall is pleased to welcome Catherine Williams, a woman from Ohio who received a grant to spend this past summer exploring the Great Lakes via kayak. Don't miss your chance to read and respond to Catherine William's Great Lakes stories and perspectives every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!


CatherineWilliams160  About Catherine Williams. . .

At three weeks old, Catherine Williams made her first journey to Northern Michigan from Columbus, Ohio. Her family vacationed at Walloon Lake, near Petoskey, and in the twenty-eight years since, Catherine has not missed a summer. During this time, her family has added new members, made many friends, and created lasting memories. She has visited in almost every month of the year. Though Catherine has traveled to and lived in many beautiful places, when she closes her eyes and imagines comfort and relaxation, the water of Walloon appears vividly in her mind.

Since graduating from Bowdoin College in 2001, Catherine has pursued a career in environmental and outdoor education. She has taught programs near Portland, Oregon, and in Yosemite National Park, led backpacking trips in the Olympic Mountains, North Cascades, Sierra Nevadas, US and Canadian Rockies, has been a certified whitewater kayaking instructor and raft guide, and generally enjoys the outdoors.

Through her most recent employer, Yosemite Institute, Catherine received the Matthew A. Baxter Memorial Fund to set out on an exploration of the Great Lakes by kayak. This past summer she journeyed nearly 350 miles, mostly by herself, along the shores of Lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior. Through this humbling experience, Catherine has developed a deeper respect for these bodies of water, as well as for the people who surround them.

Read and respond to Catherine Williams in the Town Hall

In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town Hall focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue each week, provided by co-moderators Jeffrey Potter, Dave Dempsey, Gary Wilson, and Brenna Wanous. This week, Gary evaluates the Great Lakes restoration project's progress, and proposes that perhaps it's time to rethink our restoration strategy.

Don't miss this great opportunity to read and comment on our featured issue - $20 Billion? Really? - and the thoughts of Catherine Williams, in the Great Lakes Town Hall all this week!

Guest speakers contribute content on a Great Lakes topic of their choice for five days. While there are basic rules of conduct, guest speakers are unedited and diverse views are welcome. If you are interested in serving as a guest speaker, please reply to this email.

Your Great Lakes Neighbor,

Jeffrey Potter
Jeffrey Potter

Biodiversity Project's Great Lakes Town Hall



Brenna Wanous
Great Lakes Town Hall Manager

Biodiversity Project
214 N. Henry St. #201
Madison, WI  53703