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Lake Superior Binational Forum Honors Professor
Lake Superior Binational Forum Honors Professor
by Jennifer Donovan, director of public relations

Professor Alex Mayer (CEE) has received the Lake Superior Binational Forum's 2011 individual Environmental Stewardship Award for the US. The award honors "extraordinary achievements by ordinary people."

The Lake Superior Binational Forum is composed of 12 Canadian and 12 American stakeholders, representing industrial, Tribal/First Nations, business, environmental, recreational, tourism, health, labor and academic interests.

The forum is recognizing Mayer, who heads the Center for Water and Society (CWS), for his efforts to restore the health of the Huron Creek watershed. That project was the first one taken on by the CWS.

Mayer worked with other faculty and graduate students, as well as public school teachers and their classes, home-schooled students and concerned citizens who formed the Huron Creek Club under Mayer's guidance. They won funding to analyze, restore and monitor the creek and to develop a recreational and interpretive trail along it. They have also helped the City of Houghton and Portage Township develop storm water management ordinances.

"Alex's unflagging efforts have raised awareness and galvanized local concern in the community, spawning many new community efforts and activities, and bringing very diverse partners together to enhance the environment and the aesthetics of the area, and attract residents to the area," said Joan Chadde, education program coordinator.

Mayer called the award "quite an honor for all of the people who have been working to improve and protect Huron Creek." He cited others closely involved, including Chadde, Associate Professor Hugh Gorman (SS), Assistant Professor Rod Chimner (SFRES), Scott MacInnes (Houghton city manager) and dozens of students, including former graduate student Linda (Kersten) Watson.
 
 
 
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