Donahue appointed to Corps’ Environmental Advisory Board

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Dr. Michael J. Donahue, President/CEO of the Great Lakes Commission, has been appointed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Environmental Advisory Board. This prestigious panel of environmental experts advises the Corps’ Chief of Engineers (Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers) on national policy directions and on environmentally sustainable solutions to engineering and economic challenges.

Nathaniel E. Robinson, chairman of the Great Lakes Commission, welcomed the news. “Our member states have long partnered with the Corps on projects ranging from infrastructure improvements to environmental remediation,” said Robinson. “Dr. Donahue’s appointment enhances the Commission’s national profile and will strengthen federal/state partnerships in this region and beyond.”

Other members of the board include Dr. Paul Sandifer, Director of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; Ms. Virginia B. Weatherell, former Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Dr. Jeffrey Mount, University of California-Davis; Dr. Theodore L. Hullar, Atlantic Philanthropic Services Co.; Dr. Paul Hosier, University of North Carolina; and Dr. Fred Weinmann, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (retired).

“This appointment is a great honor,” said Donahue, “I look forward to working with the Chief of Engineers and my fellow board members as we focus on the environmental dimensions of the Corps’ mission.”

The Environmental Advisory Board was established in 1970 to ensure access to independent advice associated with implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act passed that same year. Members are selected on the basis of their expert knowledge and experience, and diversity in scientific disciplines and geographic focus is sought.

The Great Lakes Commission presently works with the Corps of Engineers on a series of programs and projects that promote environmental and economic prosperity in the Great Lakes region. Among others, these include developing a Lake St. Clair Management Plans; supporting implementation of Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plan ; conducting tributary modeling; providing technical support for water quantity management work, including lake levels and hydrology; developing and coordinating commercial navigation and environmental dredging policy; and developing strategic plans and infrastructure improvements for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence maritime transportation system.

For immediate release: November 9, 2001
Contact: Kirk Haverkamp, kirkh@glc.org, office: 734-665-9135

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The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Nathaniel E. Robinson (Wisconsin), is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence region and its residents. The Commission consists of state legislators, agency officials, and governors’ appointees from its eight member states. Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a “Declaration of Partnership.” The Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests. The Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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