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Director Named for Clean Water Action
Water Group Also Gets
New Michigan Director
Washington, DC—Great Lakes protection and
restoration will be the focus of a new multi-state
effort directed by a veteran environmental policy expert, the national
of Clean Water Action announced today.
Zwick, Clean Water Action President, named Cyndi Roper as Director of
Lakes Policy for the organization, which has 250,000 member households
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.
Lakes contain the largest
ecosystem on earth, and they are in trouble,” said Zwick.
“Saving the Great Lakes by cleaning up toxics,
aggressively toward pollution prevention, and keeping the public’s
waters safe from
large-scale diversions and withdrawals are huge challenges that require
very best efforts.”
Roper will provide leadership for Clean Water Action and the Great Lakes by working on strong
the Great Lakes
region, effective policy advocacy and citizen action.”
has been Michigan Director of Clean Water Action since 1995, will
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
regional water issues.
announced today that David Holtz, who has been Michigan Co-Director
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
opening soon in Oakland County. With
100,000 Michigan member households, Clean
Action is the state’s largest water group.
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
serving communities in over 20 states.
Clean Water Fund’s programs build on and complement those of
coming to Clean Water Action, Holtz was Communications and Development
for the Michigan Environmental Council and previously served as
Michigan Media Coordinator for the Mackinac Chapter of Sierra Club.