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E-M:/ Dave Dempsey to speak in Kalamazoo

Restoring the Kalamazoo River and the Great Lakes
Dave Dempsey on
Oct. 6, 2005

Restoring a Great River and the Great Lakes is the theme of a talk at 7:00 P M,Thursday October 6 at KVCC’s Arcadia campus. Dave Dempsey, Great Lakes policy advisor to Clearn Water Action and policy consultant to the Michigan Environmental Council, will review the recovery of the Kalamazoo River and the unprecidented efforts currently underway to assure the health of the Great Lakes. Dempsey was environmental advisor to Governor Blanchard for seven years and has remained prominent in environmental issues facing Michigan citizens. He is author of two critically acclaimed books: Ruin and Recovery: Michigan’s Rise as a Conservation Leader and On The Brink: The Great Lakes in the 21st Century. Dempsey also will keynote the next day’s Kalamazoo River Watershed Forum in Battle Creek.

Thursday’s program in Kalamazoo is a free, public meeting and will assist attendees to grasp the diverse issues being addressed concerning the Kalamazoo River and the Great Lakes. People treasure the Great Lakes and Michigan rivers, making them billion dollar assets, but, historically, they also have abused them. Now they seem to be on the brink of restoring them. On the dust jacket of On The Brink, former Governor William G. Milliken says of Dempsey “he provides riveting human and natural history, testimony to the wonder of the Great Lakes, and a compelling call for a new approach to their protection in the coming century”.

Call (269) 344-0536 for more information on either program.

Who: Dave Dempsey, noted author and environmental policy expert
What: Free Public talk and discussion
When: Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 pm
Where : KVCC’s Arcadia campus, 202 N Rose St., Kalamazoo