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E-M:/ Dave Dempsey Speaks in Dearborn September 25


Dave Dempsey to Speak at Annual Meeting

Of the Friends of the Detroit River


Thursday, September 25, 2008

7:00pm to 9:00 pm


Environmental Interpretive Center

University of Michigan-Dearborn


On Thursday, September 25, the Friends of the Detroit River will hold its Annual Meeting at the Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  The featured speaker this year is environmental policy consultant and author Dave Dempsey.  Dave’s topic will be “Reviving Michigan’s Water Protection Leadership.”  Dave will discuss the vital water issues facing Michigan, including water withdrawal policy and the Great Lakes Compact.


Dave Dempsey has a long and distinguished career in environmental issues, spanning over 25 years.  From 1983-1989, he served as environmental advisor to Governor James Blanchard, and was appointed by President Clinton to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, serving from 1994-2001.  Dave has written two award-winning books on the environment, Ruin and Recovery:  Michigan’s Rise as a Conservation Leader and On the Brink:  the Great Lakes in the 21st Century.  His other books include William G. Milliken:  Michigan’s Passionate Moderate and Great Lakes for Sale:  From Whitecaps to Bottlecaps.  Dave will be signing copies of his books following his talk.


The Friends of the Detroit River is a grass roots environmental organization dedicated to the protection and defense of the Detroit River, the source of the region’s drinking water and critical habitat for many of the area’s plants and animals.


The annual meeting of members also includes the introduction of board members and a brief review of the progress of the past year.  Members and the general public are welcome.  Light refreshments will be provided.



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