Dear Great Lakes Neighbor,
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 Alex Mayer, sustainable water resources specialist from Michigan Technological University.
Come visit the Great Lakes Town Hall to read and respond to Alex
Mayer's stories and perspectives about the Great Lakes every day this
week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!
Guest Writer this week-- Alex Mayer
Dr. Mayer's research and educational interests include
integrated, sustainable water resources management, groundwater resources and
remediation, and sustainability of rural communities. Dr. Mayer has served as project director or
co-principal investigator for more than $5.6 million in externally funded
research, has published more than 50 papers in the peer-reviewed literature and
has authored or co-authored more than 100 presentations at professional
meetings. Dr. Mayer has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate
courses at Michigan Technological University, including fluid mechanics,
introductory environmental engineering, groundwater hydrology, groundwater
remediation, and mathematical modeling of earth and environmental systems.
Dr. Mayer has been active in several professional
societies, including the American Geophysical Union,
the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the International Water
Association. He has been associate editor for Water Resources Research and has
served on the editorial boards of Advances in Water Resources and Journal of
Contaminant Hydrology. He has served as an invited professor at the University
of Sonora, Mexico, and the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. In
2000, Dr. Mayer was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for research and teaching in
The Netherlands. Dr. Mayer also has served as consultant for several consulting
firms, legal firms, and non-profit groups in Michigan. He is a registered Professional
Dr. Mayer's Great Lake's
interests include valuation of Great Lakes water resources, impacts of climate
change on the Great Lakes, design of monitoring systems for Lake Superior,
sustainable economic development in the Great Lakes region, groundwater-surface
water exchange in the Salmon-Trout River, Michigan, and modeling water quantity
and quality in the Great Lakes.
Read and Respond to Alex's essays in the Town Hall!
Featured Issue this week - Great Lakes: Protected or For Sale?
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 focuses
on Michigan's lack of Strong Public Trust laws, which would keep Great
Lakes water in the public's hands rather than private hands (i.e. the
hands of bottled water companies).
"The bottled water exemption will remain in the Compact as it has now
been passed by all eight states. Strong Public Trust language is not a
part of the Michigan laws.
The laws enacted in Michigan are either landmark legislation that
really protect the Lakes or, flawed legislation more about appearances
that still leave the Lakes exposed and for sale."
Who's right? Is there a right? What are your thoughts?
Read Gary's Featured Issue, and put in your two cents!
Don't miss this great opportunity to read and
comment on our featured issue - Great Lakes: Protected or For Sale
- and the stories and perspectives of Alex Mayer in
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,
Great Lakes Town Hall Manager
Biodiversity Project's Great Lakes Town Hall
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