Jun 17, 2020

Great Lakes Advisory Board in Grand Rapids Re-established

14 individuals to serve on re-established Great Lakes Advisory Board in Grand Rapids

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The U.S. EPA reestablished the Great Lakes Advisory Board.

According to the EPA, the members of the re-established Great Lakes Advisory Board will provide expertise to assist EPA and its federal partners in making progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes, as reported by Region 5 Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager Kurt Thiede.

On April 1, EPA selected the following individuals to serve as members of the board:

  • Stephen Galarneau, director of the Office of Great Waters – Great Lakes & Mississippi River, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (Co-Chair)
  • Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, chief executive officer, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (Co-Chair)
  • Scudder Mackey, chief of the Office of Coastal Management, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Chad Abel, administrator, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • James Williams Jr, chairman, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
  • Jeff Stollenwerk, director of government and environmental affairs, Duluth Seaway Port Authority
  • John Hull, founder and chairman, Hull & Associates Inc.
  • Lisa Frede, director of regulatory affairs, Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
  • Larry Antosch, senior director, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
  • J. Val Klump, dean and professor of the School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Alan Steinman, director of Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University
  • Brian Miller, retired, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Illinois Water Resources Center
  • Sylvia Orduño, organizer, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
  • Kay Nelson, director of environmental affairs, Northwest Indiana Forum

The members serve as representatives of non-federal interests and report to the Administrator through the Great Lakes National Program Manager. The members represent business groups, environmental organizations, academia and state, local and tribal governments, added the EPA. 

The Great Lakes Advisory Board was established in 2012 to ensure “transparent, credible and diverse views in guiding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative’s investments,” according to the EPA. Nominations for the board occurred last year and the selected members were announced in early June.

The advisory board will meet approximately twice per year, according to its charter

According to the News-Herald, the charter outlines three major objectives, which are providing advice on:

  • Great Lakes protection and restoration activities;
  • Long-term goals, objectives and priorities for Great Lakes protection and restoration; 
  • And issues identified by the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force/Regional Working Group.

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