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E-M:/ Great Lakes Director Named


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                More Information:
Thursday, July 15, 2004                                           David Holtz
Great Lakes Director Named for Clean Water Action
Water Group Also Gets New Michigan Director

 Washington, DCGreat Lakes protection and restoration will be the focus of a new multi-state effort directed by a veteran environmental policy expert, the national President of Clean Water Action announced today.

 David Zwick, Clean Water Action President, named Cyndi Roper as Director of Great Lakes Policy for the organization, which has 250,000 member households and 10 offices in the seven-state Great Lakes region. Zwick also announced today the appointment of David Holtz as Michigan Director for Clean Water Action.  Roper and Holtz will also serve as senior staff for Clean Water Fund, a research and education organization.

 “The Great Lakes contain the largest freshwater ecosystem on earth, and they are in trouble,” said Zwick.  “Saving the Great Lakes by cleaning up toxics, moving aggressively toward pollution prevention, and keeping the public’s waters safe from large-scale diversions and withdrawals are huge challenges that require our very best efforts.”

 “Cyndi Roper will provide leadership for Clean Water Action and the Great Lakes by working on strong partnerships within the Great Lakes region, effective policy advocacy and citizen action.”

 Roper, who has been Michigan Director of Clean Water Action since 1995, will oversee Clean Water Action’s Great Lakes work from the organization’s Grand Rapids office.  Roper’s primary initial focus will be on Michigan, the only state wholly within the Great Lakes basin.  Roper will also work with Clean Water Action members, staff and a wide variety of groups in other Great Lakes basin states on federal and regional water issues.

 Zwick also announced today that David Holtz, who has been Michigan Co-Director with Roper since December, will take over as Michigan Director.  He will supervise staff and direct program operations for offices in East Lansing, Clinton Township, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids as well as a new field office opening soon in Oakland County.  With 100,000 Michigan member households, Clean Water Action is the state’s largest water group.

 Before coming to Clean Water Action, Holtz was Communications and Development Director for the Michigan Environmental Council and previously served as southeast Michigan Media Coordinator for the Mackinac Chapter of Sierra Club.

Clean Water Action, founded in 1972,  is a 700,000 member, national organization which has helped develop, pass, strenghthen and defend the nation's major water and toxics laws. Clean Water Fund is a national nonprofit research and educational organization, with locally staffed environmental and health protection programs serving communities in over 20 states.  Clean Water Fund’s programs build on and complement those of Clean Water Action.