Great Lakes inspired stories focus on Lake Huron at virtual event on October 7 – The News Herald


Great Lakes Inspired invites you to join them for their second event, which will be held virtually at 7 p.m. on October 7.

The event will feature author Dave Dempsey and scientist Katie Wolf as they plan to share their respective stories related to Lake Huron.

Dempsey is a longtime environmental policy analyst and author. He has worked for over 35 years in environmental policy, including with the Michigan Environmental Council, the International Joint Commission and the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission. He is the author of Ruin and Recovery, a study of Michigan environmental history, On the Brink: The Great Lakes in the 21st Century and Last Summer on Lake Huron.

Throughout his career, Wolf has combined his expertise in science, technology and communication to promote public understanding and the protection of our natural environment.

She began her environmental career with the Water Division of the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, where she developed an internationally recognized citizen water monitoring program, Water Watch.

After moving to Michigan to coordinate the World Conference on the Great Lakes on Mackinac Island, she led the Michigan Governor’s Environmental Youth Awards and served as a public participation consultant for the Great Lakes Planning Commission and of water resources.

Later in her career, she headed the external relations of the Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network, then headed the National Medal of Technology & Innovation.

Today, she lives on the shores of Lake Huron and works for NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a federally designated 4,300 square mile underwater park and historic wreck reserve located on the west shore of Lake Huron.

She is the Education and Community Outreach Coordinator for TBNMS and Liaison Officer for Friends of TBNMS, a non-profit organization that supports the sanctuary’s mission to protect the Great Lakes and their underwater treasures.

For more information and to access the zoom link for the October 7 event, please visit:

Great Lakes Inspired is an informal partnership of Great Lakes artists, managers and advocates seeking to strengthen and promote the links between Great Lakes arts and science to inspire Great Lakes stewardship.

They seek to educate the public on the science behind the healing properties of water, especially the Great Lakes, using art as a vehicle.


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