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E-M:/ Michigan State University Press Author, Dave Dempsey, Wins Award for Great Lakes Book

Enviro-Mich message from Michele Scarborough <mec@voyager.net>

October 22, 2004


Michigan State University Press Author, Dave Dempsey,
Wins Award for Great Lakes Book

The Historical Society of Michigan handed out its annual Awards of Merit
at the 130th State History Conference held in St. Joseph recently.  The
conference, sponsored annually by the Historical Society of Michigan,
focused on a wide variety of Michigan history topics.  The Awards
presentation at a special reception and banquet was a highlight of the
meeting.  The annual State History Awards-Awards of Merit are prized
statewide and are the highest recognition presented by the state?s
official historical society and oldest cultural organization.

Awards were presented in eight categories recognizing the contributions
of local historical societies, distinguished volunteer service,
distinguished professional service, Michigan history publications,
media, restoration and preservation, special programs and education.

"On the Brink: The Great Lakes in the 21st Century" by Dave Dempsey,
published by Michigan State University Press, received a Michigan
history publications award.  It is a work that thoughtfully discusses
the Great Lakes? unique and natural features and weaves in 150 years of
human actions, short-sighted human follies and calamities.  Dempsey
reviews the history of public attitudes and laws and the environmental
impacts on the Lakes from industrial contamination, commercial fishing,
sea lampreys and zebra mussels.  He argues that frequent neglectful
treatment of the Lakes was due to two faulty assumptions regarding the
Great Lakes Basin: that it is such a big system that humans could not do
it great harm and that it is a resource that can?t be bent to the will
of humans.  He concludes that despite recent improvements, however, the
Great Lakes are still ?on the brink? and citizens must continue to
challenge government leaders to reform and protect our treasured lakes.

To order a copy of On the Brink: The Great Lakes in the 21st Century,
please contact Michigan State University Press at www.msupress.msu.edu
or call 517/355-9543, ext. 101.

For more information on the Awards of Merit or for a nomination form
visit www.hsmichigan.org or call the Society at (800) 692-1828.

Michele Scarborough
Member Services Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette Dr., Ste. 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 487-9539
(517) 487-9541 fax

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