How Healthy Are Our Waters?
June 5, 2023
We’re all about to be waist deep in the busy summer season, and for many of us, it’s also time to get waist deep in a northern Michigan lake, river, or stream to enjoy our favorite water activities. But what’s the current health of that water that we’re playing in? In this week's Northern Express, sister publication of The Ticker, a pair of local watershed experts weigh in with some answers.
Heather Smith is the baykeeper at the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. As such, she’s the eyes, ears and voice for GT Bay and its watershed. She’s a relentless advocate for swimmable, fishable, and drinkable water in the region. Samantha Nellis spent two years working in Alaska before joining Huron Pines of Gaylord three years ago. She’s the water program director and works with coastal communities to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality. She’s passionate about conserving wild places, protecting overlooked species, and savoring clean water.
Read more about what Smith and Nellis have to say about the state of our local waterways in this week's Northern Express. The Northern Express is available to read online, or pick up a free copy on newsstands at nearly 700 spots in 14 counties across northern Michigan.Comment