2022 Annual Meeting Reminder

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The Great Lakes Coalition will hold its Annual Membership Meeting at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the Haworth Hotel on the campus of Hope College, 225 College Avenue, Holland, MI, the same location as our 2021 Annual Meeting.

Every year we have outstanding guest speakers and this year is no exception.   We are very excited to announce this year’s speakers are Dr. Erin Argyilan, and Congressman Bill Huizenga.  

Dr. Erin Argyilan is a Professor of Geology at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana. Much of her work has focused on reconstructing  hydrography of ancient shorelines for the upper Great Lakes as they respond to climate variability and loading or unloading of ice during the late Holocene (~6500 years). In recent years, she has been working to present the geologic perspective on how human disturbance of sediment movement impacts shoreline behavior against the backdrop of fluctuating water levels. She is particularly interested in helping local communities and municipalities consider shoreline use and development with a perspective that moves toward a more sustainable relationship between the needs of people and natural systems. Dr, Argyilan is one of the most popular professors at Indiana University and you don’t want to miss her presentation.

Congressman Bill Huizenga (HIGH-zen-guh) represents Michigan's 2nd Congressional District which stretches from Kentwood to the lakeshore and up the coast of Lake Michigan from Holland to Ludington. Huizenga was first elected to Congress in 2010 and is currently serving in his sixth term.
Since January of 2017, Congressman Huizenga has been elected by his colleagues to serve as a Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force. This bipartisan group fosters cooperation and support for policies and programs that enhance the environmental health of the Great Lakes while also ensuring the full economic potential of the Great Lakes region is realized. As a bipartisan leader on the Great Lakes, Huizenga has successfully rallied bipartisan support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), a program that is vital to preserving and protecting the Great Lakes ecology while also promoting opportunities for the Great Lakes economy.  The GLRI has had multiple success stories across West Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes basin.

Congressman Huizenga is also a founding member of the bipartisan PFAS Task Force. Formed during the 116th Congress, the goals of the Task Force include: educating members of Congress and the public about the potential impacts of PFAS; helping craft bipartisan legislation to assist communities recovering from PFAS contamination, and working to determine the proper health and safety levels of PFAS. Bill believes residents in West Michigan and across the nation deserve to know the full picture about the health risks associated with PFAS and PFOAS as well as the potential sources of these chemicals.

Please register online at www.greatlakescoalition.org/annual-membership-registration or contact our Secretary, Joe Doyle, at jdoyle2506@gmail.com if you plan on attending.  Registration is useful in helping us plan but not required – please feel free to attend even if you have not registered.