Cathy Pabich of Algoma is among the individuals and businesses to be honored Aug. 11 for initiating outstanding projects and programs to protect and enhance the lands and waters impacting Lake Michigan.
The Lake Michigan Stakeholders sponsor the annual Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation awards at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.
Cathy Pabich of Algoma organized brainstorming and strategic planning meetings with diverse area stakeholders to form the Friends of Crescent Beach. She has advocated for improving beach health with all levels of government, educated local residents, launching cleanups, maintenance and interactive community events.
Her group was awarded the Algoma Utilities/WPPI economic development grant and named a community ‘Bright Spot’ by the Live Algoma health initiative in 2016. Cathy serves on the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership’s board of directors, as steering committee coordinator for her local friend group, on the Bird City Algoma Committee and two other City of Algoma committees.
Other honorees are Wendy Lutzke of Manitowoc for the annual Watershed Ambassadors Camp and other initiatives including the Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed; Trout Springs Winery, Greenleaf; the Wisconsin Clean Marina Program; and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
The awards are part of the Lake Michigan Stakeholders’ Lake Michigan Day, with a variety of activities all day.
This year’s event will feature Cameron Davis, the Obama Administration’s liaison to Congress on Great Lakes issues. He was a lead author of the Great Lakes Legacy Act leveraging federal-private partnerships for riverside and coastal cleanups as well as coordinating funding to deal with contaminated sediment and fish, dam removals, wetland and habitat restoration, runoff reduction, invasive species prevention and many other water related concerns.