LANSING, Mich.— The low water levels of the Great Lakes and Saginaw Bay and their impact on the Bay and Thumb regions will be the focus of a March town hall meeting hosted by state Sen. Mike Green.
Green announced Thursday that he will host the meeting on March 18, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Davidson Room of the Double Tree Hotel in Bay City.
The event will include special guest Jon Allan, recently appointed director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes. Local officials, stakeholders and policy groups have also been invited to participate. It is open to the public at no cost and will include ample opportunity for questions and answers.
“Low water levels affect every Michigander and impact our natural resources, environment, quality of life and economy in substantial ways,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Michigan residents deserve solid answers on the cause and effect of these low lake levels and what we can do legislatively and locally to address the problem. There is no stronger advocate for the Great Lakes to headline this discussion than Jon Allan.”
On loan to the state from his position as executive director of environmental policy and intergovernmental affairs for Consumers Energy Company, Allan is a well-known leader on environmental and natural resources policy. He currently serves as Head of the Michigan delegation for the Great Lakes Commission and as a member of the Great Lakes Executive Committee for the Water Quality Agreement.
Allan’s previous leadership positions include being co-chair of the governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on State Parks and Recreation and of Michigan’s Water Conservation Advisory Council. He has also served as a member of the Michigan Climate Action Council, the Midwest Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord Advisory Group and the Environmental Advisory Council for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Green said that while debates over Great Lakes policy are not without controversy, he believes that the discussion will help lead to common sense solutions with bipartisan support.
“The Great Lakes and all of Michigan’s plentiful water resources are environmental and economic treasures that should be preserved for generations to come. I look forward to elevating the issue in the public arena and leading fundamental legislative action over the coming months,” Green said.
For more information or to RSVP for the town hall, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2131. The 31st Senate District includes the counties of Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola.