SURF Great Lakes celebrates the unique ways we all love our waters but also brings awareness to the issues that continue to hinder their preservation.
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I am a life-long Michigander that grew up enjoying the Great Lakes through many family camping trips along their shores – a tradition my husband and I are thrilled to pass along to our son. Since studying Political Science and Environmental Studies at Western Michigan University (Go Broncos!), I have been lucky enough to combine my passion for environmental protection with my professional life by working for the Great Lakes Regional Center of the National Wildlife Federation where I was the Community Outreach Coordinator for six years. My work included community organizing for initiatives that support and protect Great Lakes communities, natural resources and wildlife from fossil fuel extraction.
Three years ago, Michigan experienced the largest and most costly inland oil spill in U.S. history, which affected the communities I grew up in. Since that time I have been one of the leading pipeline safety advocates, in the region, working to ensure proper response and accountability. I have testified before Congress and the National Academy of Sciences on the effects of the spill on the environment, wildlife, economy, and local communities – requesting a study on the extreme challenges diluted bitumen spills cause. I have also helped lead a rulemaking petition to the EPA and PHMSA for increased pipeline safety regulations.
In addition to the above, I’m honored to be a part of a national pipeline safety advocates group set up through the Pipeline Safety Trust, where I also sit on the Board of Directors.
You can learn more about my journey here:
You can see some of my past Wildlife Promise blogs here.
Thanks again for taking the time to visit SURF Great Lakes!