Lake Michigan, Largest Fresh Water Reservoir on Earth, Next Topic in DCMM Speaker Program, Jan 7

The Door County Maritime Museum and Friends of the Maritime Museum continue their popular Winter Speakers Series on Thursday, January 7, at 7 pm at the museum in Sturgeon Bay. It will be the second of five Thursday night programs extending to March 25.

Judy Beck

This next program will concentrate on the importance of the Great Lakes, specifically Lake Michigan, and the work the Environmental Protection Agency is doing to preserve the largest reservoir of fresh water on the planet. The program will be presented by the EPA’s Judy Beck, who in her presentation at the State of Lake Michigan Conference in Milwaukee last fall emphasized stresses being applied to the lakes and the impact recent legislation might have on relieving those demands on a resource that accounts for 20% of the world’s fresh water.

The series then continues the first Thursday of the month in both February and Match, before winding up on March 25th. Representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in Green Bay will talk about the planning and progress associated with the Michigan Street Bridge rehabilitation on Feb. 4. Come March 4, the spotlight will be on Marine Travelift and its amazing gargantuan 1,000-ton lift. The Museum’s Executive Director Bob Desh will present the final program in the series, a look at the International Ice Patrol and the role it has played tracking icebergs since being formed in the wake of the Titanic disaster. While in the U.S. Coast Guard, Desh served as the commanding officer of the Ice Patrol.

The Friends of the Door County Maritime Museum is an organization dedicated to assisting the Museum both through fundraising projects and volunteer service. Admission to the program is free. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends. Donations are appreciated.

For more information on the Speakers Series or the Museum call 920.743.5958 or visit

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