Kimberlee Wright, executive director of Midwest Environmental Advocates, will present “Protecting Our Water in a Changing Climate” at the Climate Change Coalition of Door County’s September free public program, 7 pm, Wednesday, September 2, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10341 Water Street, Ephraim.
Wright will discuss the growing gap between increasingly urgent climate-related environmental problems and lagging public policies. For example, concentrated animal feeding operations’ manure lagoons are not currently designed for more severe weather; and the frac sand industry has already experienced massive storm-caused breaches from its wash water holding ponds, including one that swept a house away. These and other examples illustrate the need to update policies as severe weather events increase in number and intensity with changing weather patterns.
Midwest Environmental Advocates is a nonprofit environmental law center working for healthy water, air, land and government for this generation and the next. Kimberlee Wright received a law degree and a bachelor of science in rural sociology from UW-Madison. She was director of conservation programs for The Nature Conservancy and, before joining MEA, managed the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program for land trusts working in partnership with the Wisconsin DNR to protect critical habitat and natural areas.
The Climate Change Coalition of Door County seeks to transcend partisanship and to voice the concern we have for the natural world. It fosters knowledge and action to address climate change’s challenges and protect the Earth for future generations. For further information, contact Roy Thilly, 920-839-2503.