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
This week, the Town Hall is pleased to
welcome Matt Jones, a Water
Resource Education specialist, and fellow Town Hall user. Come visit the Great Lakes Town Hall
to read and respond to Matt Jones' stories and perspectives about the Great
Lakes every day this week - only in the Great
Lakes Town Hall!
Jones currently hold a position as the Water Resource Education
specialist for the Allen County (IN) Partnership for Water Quality. The
position was created with the formation of the Partnership in 2003; I've held
it for the last two years.
I am a native "Hoosier" (we still
don't have a single explanation for what that means) and have lived in Fort Wayne most of my
life. I spent some time in other locations, including the Grand
Canyon (I worked there) but I live just east of the eastern
sub-continental divide that defines the major watersheds of our county. I graduated
from Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.- Ft. Wayne with a concentration in
Environmental Studies back in 1992. My family grew up enjoying the rivers and
the nature they provided. Specifically, we have a strong connection to the St. Joseph of the Maumee,
or in the native tongue, Ke,mem,sh,wak,sh,piwi-"Bean River"
(Natives and First Nations ; please forgive my sophomoric attempt at the
I still have so much more to explore of the Great Lakes. I have spent some time on or by all of them.
I have almost completed visiting all of the Lake Erie islands and love the idea
of island-hopping through all of the Great Lakes.
My favorite interests are: Travel; Nature; Art; Music; History; Camping (in all
4 seasons); Hiking and anything to do with boats (mostly small, human or
and respond to Matt Jones in the Town Hall
Issue: “Money, Influence, and the Public Trust” by Gary Wilson
In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town Hall
focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue
each week, provided by co-moderators Dave Dempsey, Gary Wilson, and Brenna
Wanous. This week, Gary
applies thoughtful business and ethical advice to the recent $1.5 million
donation from Veolia Water of France
to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee,
and warns of the potential hidden agenda associated with the donation.
Don't miss this great opportunity to read
and comment on our featured issue - Money,
Influence, and the Public Trust - and the thoughts of Matt Jones, 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. We encourage individuals
of all ages, occupations, and opinions to participate in the conversation.
Your Great Lakes Neighbor,
Great Lakes Town Hall Manager
214 N. Henry St. #201