EPA Appoints NWI Forum Environmental Director to Advisory Board

EPA Appoints NWI Forum Environmental Director to Advisory Board

The Northwest Indiana Forum (Forum) announced the placement of Kay Nelson, forum director of environmental affairs, to the Great Lakes Advisory Board, an EPA federal advisory committee. The announcement was made on June 2, 2020 by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew, at Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resource Institute.

The role of the Great Lakes Advisory Board is to provide advice and recommendations on matters related to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and the implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada.

The fourteen board members serve as representatives of non-federal interests and report to the Administrator through the Great Lakes National Program Manager. The members represent a broad range of interests, including business groups, environmental organizations, academia and state, local and tribal governments. The members’ Great Lakes expertise, leadership experience, and community involvement creates a diverse board that will help the Agency restore and protect the Great Lakes.

Kay Nelson, Director of Environmental Affairs, has spent her 43-year career on Great Lakes matters. Her engagement spans the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River Basin Compact related to water quantity; state and federal rulemaking related to water quality; technical and policy activities for multiple state, federal and international initiatives. Kay serves as one of five Indiana Great Lakes Commissioners.

“I have spent many years engaged with the EPA Region V Great Lakes Office serving on multiple workgroups and FACA groups. It is an honor to serve on the Great Lakes Advisory Panel. I look forward to representing the municipal and industrial stakeholders on the Panel as we continue the on-going efforts and participate in the development of new initiatives in order to protect Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes!”

“The advice received from the Board in past years has been a critical part of the work EPA has done, and continues to do, to restore and protect the Great Lakes,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Our work cleaning up the Great Lakes is far from over, and GLAB’s future efforts will ensure needed expertise is available for environmental agencies to use both here in the U.S. and in Canada.”

The Northwest Indiana Forum is a non-profit, privately funded regional environmental and economic development organization, comprised of regional business leaders, serving Northwest Indiana. Funded by membership contributions and grants, Forum membership translates into a direct investment in the region.

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