This Week in the Great
Lakes Town Hall...
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
This week, the Town Hall is pleased to
welcome Catherine Williams, a woman from Ohio
who received a grant to spend this past summer exploring the Great
Lakes via kayak. Don't miss your chance to read and respond to
Catherine William's Great Lakes stories and perspectives every day this week -
only in the Great
Lakes Town Hall!
About Catherine Williams. . .
At three weeks old, Catherine Williams made her first journey
to Northern Michigan from Columbus,
Ohio. Her family vacationed at Walloon Lake, near Petoskey, and in the
twenty-eight years since, Catherine has not missed a summer. During this time,
her family has added new members, made many friends, and created lasting
memories. She has visited in almost every month of the year. Though Catherine
has traveled to and lived in many beautiful places, when she closes her eyes
and imagines comfort and relaxation, the water of Walloon appears vividly in
Since graduating from Bowdoin College
in 2001, Catherine has pursued a career in environmental and outdoor education.
She has taught programs near Portland, Oregon, and in Yosemite National Park,
led backpacking trips in the Olympic Mountains, North Cascades, Sierra Nevadas,
US and Canadian Rockies, has been a certified whitewater kayaking instructor
and raft guide, and generally enjoys the outdoors.
Through her most recent employer, Yosemite
Institute, Catherine received the Matthew A. Baxter Memorial Fund to set out on
an exploration of the Great Lakes by kayak.
This past summer she journeyed nearly 350 miles, mostly by herself, along the
shores of Lakes Huron, Michigan
Through this humbling experience, Catherine has developed a deeper respect for
these bodies of water, as well as for the people who surround them.
and respond to Catherine Williams in the Town Hall
In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town Hall
focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue
each week, provided by co-moderators Jeffrey Potter, Dave Dempsey, Gary Wilson,
and Brenna Wanous. This week, Gary evaluates the Great
Lakes restoration project's progress, and proposes that perhaps
it's time to rethink our restoration strategy.
Don't miss this great opportunity to read
and comment on our featured issue - $20
Billion? Really? - and the thoughts of Catherine Williams, in the Great Lakes Town Hall all this week!
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.
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