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E-M:/ The Watershed Center's Annual Meeting



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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Hansen" <ahansen@gtbay.org>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 			CONTACT:  	Anne Brasie
October 3, 2003						    	(231)935-1514


WATERSHED CENTERíS ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR NOVEMBER 6


TRAVERSE CITY, MI Ė The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay will host its
annual meeting on Thursday, November 6 from 6  to 8:30 p.m. at the Great
Wolf Lodge in Traverse City.  The eventís featured speaker will be Ken
DeBeaussaert, the Director of the Office of the Great Lakes in Michiganís
Department of Environmental Quality.  The program for the evening will
include food, entertainment and updates on the Centerís activities and
accomplishments.
	Tickets for the event are $35 and may be purchased by contacting the
Watershed Center.
	Prior to his appointment by Governor Granholm, DeBeaussaert served in the
Michigan Legislature for eighteen years: ten years in the Michigan House and
eight years in the State Senate, ending in December 2002.  As a member of
the Legislature, DeBeaussaert focused on environmental and education issues
as a member of policy committees and the Senate Appropriations Committee.
He also served as past member of the Great Lakes Commission, the Blue Ribbon
Commission on Lake St. Clair and the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes
Conservation Task Force.
	For his legislative efforts, DeBeaussaert has been honored by a number of
organizations including the Michigan Sierra Club, the League of Conservation
Voters, the Clinton Watershed Council and the Michigan Associations for
Local Public Health.
	DeBeaussaert has been appointed by Governor Granholm to Great Lakes
Protection Fund Board of Directors and to serve as a member of the Great
Lakes Commission.  He has also been nominated for the Water Quality Board of
the International Joint Commission.
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	The Office of the Great Lakes was established in 1985 and is the lead
agency within state government to develop policies and programs to protect,
enhance and manage the Great Lakes.  Current issues on the Officeís agenda
include the diversions of water under the Great Lakes Charter, reduction
efforts for persistent, bioaccumulative toxic substances; exotic nuisance
species; ports and water transportation; and tourism.
 	The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay is a non-profit environmental
organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Grand Traverse
Bay and its watershed.
	For more information, contact the Watershed Center at 231/935-1514.



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