This Week in the Great Lakes Town Hall . . .
Dear Great Lakes Neighbor,
Each week we invite grassroots activists, artists,
officials, physicians, parents, young people and
others to offer insightful commentary on their Great
Lakes experiences and views. Of course, we also
invite you to comment on their thoughts.
This week, the Great Lakes Town Hall is pleased to
welcome Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper and Oregon,
OH City Councilwoman, Sandy Bihn. As you'll see
from the bio below, Sandy is involved in many
Great Lakes issues. Don't miss this chance to
read a new essay from Sandy every day this week -
only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!
About Sandy Bihn . . .
Sandy Bihn became Western Lake Erie
Waterkeeper in 2004. Elected to the City Council of
Oregon, Ohio in 2005, Sandy is also the former
finance director for the city. She led the city team
that changed Oregon?s logo to ?Oregon on the Bay?
from a chemical beacon. She established HELP, a
grassroots organization, to help limit out of state
waste dumping and migration of hazardous waste to
Lake Erie, and was active in establishing the city?s
Sandy serves as Western Lake Erie Sierra Club
Conservation Chair; as a board member of Ohio
Citizen Action, as a board member Duck and Otter
Creek Watershed, on the advisory committee of the
Maumee Area of Concern remedial action plan, and
numerous other committees and projects. She
serves as Executive Director of the Maumee Bay
Association and president of the Toledo Harbor
Lighthouse Preservation Society.
The Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper designated area
includes the Western Basin of Lake Erie, beginning at
the Ohio line of the Maumee River, extending to
Sandusky/Point Pelee in Lake Erie. Sandy?s
waterkeeper work is affiliated with the Water
Alliance, whose president is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr
In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town
Hall focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue
each week. This week co-moderator Dave Dempsey
turns his eye toward the New Great Lakes
Economy: "In light of recent Great Lakes
restoration proposals, some would say reorienting the
economy to create jobs while conserving the
ecosystem is the most important part of the
strategy, but details are few. Is there anyone out
there who can put specifics behind the vision?"
Don't miss this great opportunity to read and
comment on our featured issue - the New Great
Lakes Economy - and the views of our guest
speaker, Sandy Bihn, in the Great
Lakes Town Hall.
Guest speakers contribute content on a Great Lakes
topic of their choice for five days. While there are
basic rules of conduct, guest speakers are unedited
and diverse views are welcome. If you are
interested in serving as a guest speaker, please reply
to this email.
Your Great Lakes Neighbor,
Biodiversity Project's Great Lakes Town Hall