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GLIN==> GL Town Hall: "Money, Influence, and the Public Trust"; also, Matt Jones guest writes

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 Town Hall is pleased to welcome Matt Jones, a Water Resource Education specialist, and fellow Town Hall user. Come visit the Great Lakes Town Hall to read and respond to Matt Jones' stories and perspectives about the Great Lakes every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!

About Matt Jones...

I, Matt Jones currently hold a position as the Water Resource Education specialist for the Allen County (IN) Partnership for Water Quality. The position was created with the formation of the Partnership in 2003; I've held it for the last two years.

I am a native "Hoosier" (we still don't have a single explanation for what that means) and have lived in Fort Wayne most of my life. I spent some time in other locations, including the Grand Canyon (I worked there) but I live just east of the eastern sub-continental divide that defines the major watersheds of our county. I graduated from Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.- Ft. Wayne with a concentration in Environmental Studies back in 1992. My family grew up enjoying the rivers and the nature they provided. Specifically, we have a strong connection to the St. Joseph of the Maumee, or in the native tongue, Ke,mem,sh,wak,sh,piwi-"Bean River" (Natives and First Nations ; please forgive my sophomoric attempt at the Oumiamika tongue).

I still have so much more to explore of the Great Lakes. I have spent some time on or by all of them. I have almost completed visiting all of the Lake Erie islands and love the idea of island-hopping through all of the Great Lakes. My favorite interests are: Travel; Nature; Art; Music; History; Camping (in all 4 seasons); Hiking and anything to do with boats (mostly small, human or wind-powered craft).

Read and respond to Matt Jones in the Town Hall

Featured Issue: “Money, Influence, and the Public Trust” by Gary Wilson

In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town Hall focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue each week, provided by co-moderators Dave Dempsey, Gary Wilson, and Brenna Wanous. This week, Gary applies thoughtful business and ethical advice to the recent $1.5 million donation from Veolia Water of France to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and warns of the potential hidden agenda associated with the donation.

Don't miss this great opportunity to read and comment on our featured issue - Money, Influence, and the Public Trust - and the thoughts of Matt Jones, 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. We encourage individuals of all ages, occupations, and opinions to participate in the conversation.

Your Great Lakes Neighbor,

Brenna Wanous
Great Lakes Town Hall Manager

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