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CLEAR Panel: How Student Passion for Water Quality Spawned a Non-Profit and Launched Careers

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
12:00 AM
1230 Undergraduate Sciences Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor

Explore the modern-day legacy in Michigan's environment and in individual lives of a student project in the 1970s.

Meet with a group of active professionals now working in business, law, academia, engineering and policy whose passion for science outreach crystallized during a 1970’s summer at the University of Michigan Biological Station. Their energy and creativity led to CLEAR (Community and Lakes Environmental Awareness and Research), a 3-year, student-based research project focused on enhancing water quality in northern Michigan. CLEAR spawned the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, a leading environmental advocacy group now working to maintain freshwater systems at the heart of the upper Great Lakes region. Learn what lessons, models and hope this story offers for meeting water challenges of the 21st century. Panelists: Art Gold, Director and Professor of Watershed Hydrology, University of Rhode Island Linda Greer, Director, Health Program, Natural Resources Defense Council Doug Farr, Founder & CEO, Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design, Inc. Marion Gold, Director, University of Rhode Island Outreach Center Gail Gruenwald, Executive Director, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council Stanley Pollack, Water Rights Attorney, Navajo Nation Mike Tilchin, Vice-President, CH2MHill Co-Sponsored by the University of Michigan Biological Station and the LSA Water Theme Semester (http://watersemester.com/). THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.