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GLIN==> GL Town Hall: the Adopt-A-Beach project; also, using the Precautionary Principle in the GL's

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 the Adopt-A-Beach organizers, who through the Alliance for the Great Lakes, orchestrate a two week long initiative to clean up the Great Lakes beaches. Come visit the Great Lakes Town Hall to read and respond to Adopt-A-Beach's stories and perspectives about the Great Lakes every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!

About the organizers of Adopt-A-Beach...

Stephanie Smith has been on staff with the Alliance since 2001, and serves as the education director for the organization. Her responsibilities include education to students of all ages. She is responsible for developing and implementing Great Lakes in My World, a comprehensive K-8 educational resource. She oversees and coordinates the Alliance's Adopt-a-Beach program.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at Lake Michigan with her husband and 18 month old daughter.

Jamie S. Cross joined the staff at the Alliance in 1999, and serves as Outreach Program Manager for the organization. She coordinates the Alliance's Adopt-a-Beach program in Michigan and oversees the September Adopt-a-Beach event in Michigan. She also serves as the coordinator for the Partner Network, a coalition of more than 200 community-based and regional organizations from around the Great Lakes basin focused on restoring and maintaining the land and waters that feed into the lakes.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her teenage daughter Alex and walks along the Lake Michigan shoreline near her home in West Michigan.

Frances Canonizado joined the Alliance staff in 2007, and serves as Outreach Coordinator for Illinois and Indiana. Her responsibilities include coordinating the Adopt-a-Beach program in Illinois and Indiana and overseeing the September Adopt-a-Beach cleanup events in those states. Additionally, she coordinates the Lake Michigan Watershed Ecosystem Partnership, a coalition of public, private and not-for-profit entities created to promote, preserve, protect and enhance the natural, cultural, recreational and sustainable economic resources of Lake Michigan and its watershed in Illinois.

Frances and her husband, Dennis, live in the Chicago area. Enjoying the beauty of Lake Michigan has always been part of their lives -- now more than ever, since they adopted their dachshund, Marley, who loves to play in the sand.

Todd Brennan joined the Alliance staff in April 2008, and serves as the Wisconsin Outreach Coordinator. His responsibilities include outreach to schools, residents and organizations while coordinating the Adopt-a-Beach program in Wisconsin. In addition, he will assist the Alliance's policy and advocacy program staff with work on water conservation and the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact.

Todd has spent the last five years sailing nearly 20,000 nautical miles on all five Great Lakes, the East Coast and the Caribbean engaging learners of all ages in immersive marine/aquatic experiential education and scientific research. He is happiest spending time with his daughter gardening, sailing and exploring their world together.

Read and respond to the organizers of Adopt-A-Beach in the Town Hall

This week’s Featured Issue…

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 advocates for using the Precautionary Principle when dealing with the Great Lakes, and postulates that "the consequences of not doing so are not palatable."

Don't miss this great opportunity to read and comment on our featured issue - The Precautionary Principle - and the history and future of the Adopt-A-Beach program, 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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