Lake Huron Zoom program tonight

ALPENA — The Wonders of Lake Huron will be presented at 7 p.m. tonight in a live online format, featuring Katie Wolf and Dave Dempsey.

The public is invited to join in this second event with Great Lakes Inspired, featuring NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Katie Wolf and author Dave Dempsey as they share their respective stories related to Lake Huron.

Their presentations will focus on the scientific and ecological wonders of Lake Huron and on living along the lake in all its majesty. The interactive event will feature photos and short videos displaying some of the lake’s qualities, with time for questions and answers from attendees.

Great Lakes Inspired is an informal partnership of Great Lakes artists, managers, and advocates seeking to strengthen and promote links between Great Lakes arts and science as a way of inspiring Great Lakes stewardship. Partners seek to educate the public on the science behind the healing properties of water, particularly the Great Lakes, using art as a vehicle.

Wolf serves as TBNMS education/community outreach coordinator, and liaison for Friends of TBNMS, a nonprofit that supports the Alpena-based sanctuary’s mission to protect the Great Lakes and their underwater treasures. The TBNMS is a 4,300 square-mile, federally designated underwater park and historical shipwreck preserve located on the west side of Lake Huron.

Throughout Wolf’s career, she has melded her science, technology, and communication expertise to promote public understanding and protection of our natural environment. She began her environmental career with Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water, where she developed an internationally recognized citizen water monitoring program, Water Watch. After moving to Michigan to coordinate the World Conference on Large Lakes on Mackinac Island, she directed Michigan Governor’s Environmental Youth Awards and served as public participation consultant for the Great Lakes and Water Resources Planning Commission. Later in Wolf’s career, she directed external relations for the Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network, and then directed the National Medal of Technology & Innovation. Today she lives on the shores of Lake Huron and enjoys paddling the sanctuary’s North Bay.

Dempsey is a policy advisor for FLOW (For Love of Water), a law and policy center working on Great Lakes public trust issues, based in Traverse City. He’s a longtime environmental policy analyst and author. He has served more than 35 years in environmental policy, including positions with the Michigan Environmental Council, International Joint Commission and Great Lakes Fishery Commission. He is author of “Ruin and Recovery,” a survey of Michigan’s environmental history, “On the Brink: The Great Lakes in the 21st Century,” and “Last Summer on Lake Huron.”

For more information and to access the Zoom link for the tonight’s event, visit www.stephanieprechter.com/great-lakes-inspired.


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