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Great Lakes Commission Also Gains Minnesota Sea Grant Director

Carl Richards poses in front of the Duluth Superior harbor

Carl Richards

Carl Richards, Minnesota Sea Grant director, joins 22 other observers invited to contribute to the goals of the Great Lakes Commission over the next year. Richards is representing the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network on the commission in his role as chair of the Network.

The Great Lakes Commission is a nonpartisan, binational agency created by state and U.S. federal law that is 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 eight member states. Ontario and Quebec were recently voted associate member status. Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, MI.

The commission's formal observer program, of which Richards is now part, involves U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binantional agencies and other regional interests. Although Sea Grant and the Great Lakes Commission have cooperated in numerous ways in the past, Richards looks forward to interacting with the commission more formally.

"As an observer, I intend to increase the communication between these two organizations that focus their efforts on Great Lakes issues," he said.

Richards brings to the commission a balance of academic expertise and real-world experience gained from working in agency and private jobs. He has held a life-long interest in water, fish and aquatic insects. This interest propelled him through a bachelor of science degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and a master's degree at California State University, Los Angeles. Richards then went on to receive a doctorate in ecology from Idaho State University.

For more information about the Great Lakes Commission, visit their Web site www.glc.org or call them at (734) 665-9135.

By Sea Grant Staff
June 2002

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