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Welcome to the Great Lakes Town Hall!

Weekly update for March 9 - 15, 2009.

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  The Daily Post

Randy Claramunt 100.jpgRandy Claramunt is a Michigan Department of Natural Resources research biologist.  

He is interested in the design and implementation of fisheries surveys and experiments especially pertaining to recruitment dynamics of fishes in large freshwater ecosystems. His current work includes statistical analyses of survey data; statistical-catch-at-age modeling for lake trout, lake whitefish, and Chinook salmon; and cooperative multi-agency assessment of predator-prey interactions in Lake Michigan.

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The Weekly Editorial

This week, Brenna cites a poem that helps us all to remember what we're fighting for and to not allow cynicism to bog us down.  She writes,brenna_big.jpg

"There is value in accumulating experience and "know-how" in the world of grassroots organizing.  But retaining a little bit of the innocence we started out with at the beginning of our fight ensures that we are still fighting for the right reasons; it helps with sustaining our energy and focus; it helps with feeling a sense of compassion alongside our sense of urgency."

  March's Monthly Feature: Great Lakes Spotlight

Each month we premier one of three added features of the Great Lakes Town Hall.  These three consist of Opinion Polls, 5 Questions and the Great Lakes Spotlight.

This month, Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation will be featured in the Great Lakes Spotlight.  The non-profit organization, based in central Michigan, is known for its community-based grassroots efforts to prevent the establishment of a Nestle water bottling plant in their community.

Read about the organization, post questions and comments regarding their work all during the month of March!

Click Here to Read About MCWC in the Great Lakes Spotlight!


  Update your Great Lakes Town Hall Profile!

If you've ever been interested in getting to know your fellow users of the Great Lakes Town Hall, yearn no more!  Each user of the Town Hall has a personal profile available to customize information to share a little bit more about yourself.  Upload a picture, write a little about yourself and your interests, share as much or as little as you'd like! 
Here's how:
1.  Log in to the Great Lakes Town Hall on the homepage under the left-hand green navigation bar:
2.  Hover your mouse over your name in the green navigation bar, and select "My Account" which will appear to the right of that.
3.  You will land on your profile page.  You can click on the  "Edit" tab at the top of the page, and update or add more information about you!  You can also upload a photo of yourself on this page.

Questions?  Email Great Lakes Town Hall Manager Brenna Wanous at




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